OTFA Orchard Field Day – August 17 & 18 – Organic Orchard Management

Passing on the word about the following events: 

OTFA Orchard Field Day

Hops Tour & Cider Tasting

Organic Orchard Management: Highlights and Lessons Learned from On-farm Research

Saturday, August 18th, 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Garthe Farms, LLC
9691 East Seth Rd, Northport, MI 

Cost:  Register by August 13th for the early bird rate of $20 and $10 for OTFA members.  Registration the day of the event — $25 and $15 for  members.

Catered organic lunch provided

Celebrate and learn with us. Join us at Garthe Farms as we learn more about their organic orchard management practices with a focus on apples, pears, sweet and tart cherries, and on-farm research projects that Gene and Kathy are conducting in collaboration with Michigan State University researchers and other area growers. Highlights will include morning discussions on the challenges and opportunities associated with organic pest management, orchard tour, afternoon field walk sessions on orchard fertility, organic disease and insect management, and ways to integrate pastured hogs in the organic orchard.

Extend your stay—learn and celebrate some more!

Free Hops Tour: Friday, August 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center 

Free Cider Tasting: Friday, August 17, beginning 5:00 pm, at Tandem Ciders  

We also invite you to join us the day before on Friday, August 17th for an afternoon tour of an organic hops variety trial being conducted at the nearby NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center. The tour will be led by Dr. Rob Sirrine, Extension Educator and Specialist in Community Food Systems.


We’ll wrap up the day to visit Nikki Rothwell, owner of Tandem Orchards for a cider tasting at her cidery, Tandem Ciders located in Sutton Bay just 11 miles from theResearch Center.

To RSVP and for event details, directions, and suggested accommodations contact info@organictreefruit.org or call 608-257-6729.
You can also download a copy of the event flyer   and registration form  . 
Special thanks to event hosts, Gene and Kathy Garthe, to Matt Grieshop, Mark Whalon, with Michigan State University and Jim Laubuch, IPM Crop Scout, for sharing your expertise. Thank you also to Nikki Rothwell, Director of the NWMHRC, Tandem Orchards and Tandem Ciders and to Rob Sirring, Extension Educator for hosting the hops tour and for sharing your research expertise.
For more information on this and other OTFA events, visit our website.
Safe travels and we hope to see you in Michigan later this summer!