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Fruit Tree Pruning Class with City Orchards, Jeanne Calabrese + Michael Thompson

  • Christy Webber Landscapes 2900 West Ferdinand Street Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Timed pruning offers a revolutionary approach to fruit tree care: winter prune for shape and summer prune to keep trees small and easy. This 90 minute workshop will cover fruit tree basics; the simple logic of pruning, how to prune for short stature and easy harvest, early training and seasonal routines to achieve maximum fruit production and health. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather. We will spend the bulk of the class outside, pruning trees in the Rancho Verde orchard.


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City Orchards is a not-for-profit entity that works to establish micro-orchards in urban environments, preserving green spaces to engage, to learn and to build community. Thru the exchange of shared information, we aim to empower people to grow and care for fruiting trees and shrubs to ensure a healthy harvest and support local economies.

Jeanne Calabrese is a sustainable agriculture advocate. For years she has cultivated her knowledge of local food systems and growing practices in order to gain a better understanding of how to impact positive change within the food system. This has lead her to complete the Stateline Farm Beginnings course, a residency program in fermentation, certification as a master food preserver, and an apprenticeship on a small apple orchard. She has taken numerous workshops at food and farming conferences throughout the US and she manages her own micro-orchard where she grows Paw Paws, Asian Pears, Apples and other small fruits, vegetable and herbs are grown. She is a current member of Slow Food USA’s Midwest Ark of Taste and a former Slow Food Chicago board member.

Michael S. Thompson is Farm Manager and Director of the Chicago Honey Co-op. Michael started beekeeping at age 12, and teaching beekeeping at 25. He has installed beehives on the rooftop of Chicago’s City Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center and Gallery 37. He developed the current Beekeeping Program at historic Garfield Park Conservatory.

Horticulture has been a life long occupation for Michael, growing organic vegetables and fruit as a child, and later joining Urban Paradise Landscaping Company in Chicago in 1980. As a landscape contractor, he designed and built countless gardens and planted thousands of trees focusing on native species. Six years ago Michael designed and built preServe Garden and Orchard on Chicago’s west side, a stone fruit planting of 24 trees including Peaches, Apricots, Plums, and Cherries on a city lot. This project was a collaboration with Slow Food Chicago, North Lawndale Greening Committee, Neighbors Space and Chicago Honey Co-op.

As founders of City Orchards, Jeanne and Michael create and manage several micro-orchards on Chicago’s west side.

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