Kirtland’s Community Education Department, the Ogemaw County Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Works! are partnering to offer a free fruit production seminar on April 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Quality Inn in West Branch, Mich. The seminar will teach people how to master the gardening techniques for growing top quality fruit crops that thrive in the soil in this region of north central Michigan, including blueberries, juneberries and several new varieties of fruits growing in popularity.
The seminar, titled “Money Grows on Trees and Bushes Part II,” is being presented by MSU Small Fruit Educator Duke Elsner. Longstroth has an extensive background in agriculture and education. Elsner has more than 25 years of experience in successful small fruit production and understands successful growing techniques and pest control for the hearty berries that thrive in our unique growing climate here in North Central Michigan.
“Over the past 10 years, studies show a tremendous growth in the production and consumption of fruit crops,” said Clay Horton, Kirtland’s director of Community Education. “Thousands of people are starting to see the earning potential by growing a variety of fruit “cash crops”.”
“Duke is an expert in fruit propagation and understands the challenges we face in this environment. He knows how to meet and overcome these challenges to create a successful crop production cycle.”
More information on the “Money Grows on Trees and Bushes Part II” Seminar is available by calling 989-275-5000, ext. 253.
To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000, ext. 284 or visit http://www.kirtland.edu.