Montour Falls, OFA Cafe, 6:30-9PM, August 25th,2017. Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. Please join Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County for this free, fun and educational evening. Light snack will be provided. This is the first evening of a three day permaculture event ( see http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/4th-annual-finger-lakes-permaculture-weekend/ for details)
The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.
Despite a large diversity of species, harvest is simplified by the “grocery aisle” layout of the farm, where all fruits in any given row will be ripe within a 10-day window. It is then unnecessary to go from one row to the next looking for trees that are ready to harvest.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County and The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls, NY 14860