Based on Intense Demand, We Have Added More Blueberry Pruning Demo Sessions!

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UPDATE February 20: All four sessions are full with over 200 people registered from across the region. I started with one session and then added three more to accommodate demand and they filled up too. We are not able to offer any additional sessions for this year but will repeat this training in early 2017.

Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Blueberry Pruning Demonstration planned for Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m.-noon is full. We had almost 100 people register within 12 hours of the announcement!

The maximum group size for this type of demonstration is around 50 people to ensure that all participants can see the instructor. I anticipated it filling up and my Plan B was to add an afternoon session but this level of enthusiasm caught me a little off guard.

The good news is we have added three more sessions to accommodate demand. The overflow folks from the original session have already signed up for a new session so now I am opening them up to everyone. However, these new sessions will likely fill up too so register early to ensure your spot. We will not be adding any more sessions for 2016.

Please see the announcement below for details.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer three additional blueberry pruning demonstrations at Howard’s Farm a few miles west of Pittsboro on Hwy 64. Annual pruning is needed to control bush height and increase yields. Bill Cline, North Carolina State University Blueberry Specialist, will discuss and demonstrate proper pruning techniques for blueberries.

This demonstration is open to the general public and appropriate for both commercial growers and home gardeners. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early.

Choose a session:

Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10:00 a.m.-noon: FULL

Saturday, Feb. 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.: FULL

Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m.-noon: FULL

Wednesday, March 2 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.: FULL

We will also be offering a fruit tree pruning demonstration on March 12. Click here for details.

For more information contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202.

Howard’s Farm: 7393 US 64 West, Pittsboro, NC 27312
The Howards planted their first peach trees in 2011 and later added apples, blueberries, blackberries, and vegetables. They opened Memaw’s Fruit Shack at the orchard in 2014 for direct sales to customers.