Orchard Owner Will Speak on Successful Fruit Production

Gordon Tooley of Tooley’s Trees will be the featured speaker at PEEC March 5.

PEEC News:

Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices for maintaining an orchard.

Have you ever dreamed about picking beautiful, delicious, ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. 

Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice.

Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of your trees, achieving good pollination, siting, and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.

Tooley has a passion for tree farming and establishing stable landforms through stewardship. He grew up in Cimarron, N.M. on the Philmont Ranch and his titles have included backcountry ranger, park ranger, garden manager, nursery manager, Permaculture instructor, workshop leader and more. 

In 1993, Gordon started his own farm. Together with his wife, Margaret Yancey, they specialize in common species of trees and shrubs, as well as uncommon apple, pear, plum, apricot and cherry trees that thrive in difficult soils and conditions.

Whether you are looking to plant a fruit tree in your yard or are lucky enough to have an orchard of your very own, this talk is for you. The talk is free for PEEC members, and $5 per person for non-members. 

Participants can register in advance or pay at the door. For more information or to register, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

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