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Apples at Cornell Orchards


Introduction to Tree Fruit Production

  • Thursday, February 29, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Planning and Managing Orchards for Hobby and Business

Tree fruit are an important component of the agricultural and homeowner landscape. Planting and management of apple and other tree fruit orchards is a rewarding hobby and business, but you cannot simply plant trees and expect good fruit. There's a lot that goes into successful orcharding!

This course trains beginning tree fruit growers in fundamental concepts in orchard planning and management. Content will include site selection and management, rootstock and cultivar selection, orchard systems, pest management, nutrient management, and harvest considerations for commercial orchards tailored to the northeast U.S.

Target Audience

All levels – The course is for beginning tree fruit growers, or experienced growers seeking a refresher on basic concepts in orchard management. The topics covered will be specific to orchard systems and may not be appropriate for all climatic zones.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand of the basics of tree fruit production, harvesting, and marketing
  • Have information sources to develop an orchard planting and management plan


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and ask questions to address your farm issues in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing. Access details will be posted in Teachable once you have registered and logged in.

Webinar Schedule

In 2024, this course will be offered live for 6-weeks on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Eastern) from February 29 – April 4. While we encourage live attendance, so you have the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in the online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish. Join us!


$199 - $299 varies based on income




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Last updated December 14, 2023