LEARNING TO PRUNE—Jeremy Newell, middle, of Cast Iron Farm in Sooke offers tips Saturday during a winter pruning workshop hosted by Heather Shobe of Eden Tree Farm and Gardening at the Burde Street Community Orchard.

Community orchard in Port Alberni gets a tune-up

Thirty hearty souls turned up for a winter pruning workshop


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Thirty hearty souls turned up for a winter pruning workshop hosted by Heather Shobe at the Burde Street Community Orchard on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Shobe, who also runs Eden Tree Farm and Gardening, is an agricultural support worker with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. She has leased the heritage apple orchard from the landowner with plans to restore its productivity.

That could take three to five years, she said.

Another pruning workshop is taking place today (Thursday, Jan. 25) until 2 p.m. Come by 3333 Burde Street for hands-on learning and knowledge sharing.


About 30 people showed up in heavy rain for a winter pruning workshop in an orchard on Burde Street, Saturday afternoon. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO

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