Monticello College Orchards Spring Work Party 2016webdev
WE ARE ON OUR WAY!
65 fruit and nut trees have been purchased for an April delivery.
We will plant all of these trees during our April 8-9, 2016 volunteer work party. We would love to have you join us!
On April 8th at 9:00 am MT, we will begin planting trees and work both days until the job is done. We can use all the help we can get.
It will be too chilly for most people to camp out on campus so we recommend that you secure housing with a local motel (cheap rates right now).
MONTICELLO MOTELS – Most under $100 per night. I recommend that you secure housing right away.
We can house a few same gender volunteers or a full family in our in-town classroom/admin. office. Call me for details (435 590 1661).
We will provide tools and lunch both days.
Things To Bring:
A variety of outerwear (it is hard to predict the weather)
A couple pairs of grungy work clothes (you will get very dirty)
PLEASE CONTACT ME AT 435 590 1661 OR EMAIL AT SB@MONTICELLOCOLLEGE.ORG IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE SO WE CAN PLAN PROPERLY.
We have purchased 45 bare root apple trees, 10 bare root pear trees and 10 bare root filbert/hazel nut trees. We will plant these trees with the added protection of trunk guards and deer fencing to protect them from voles, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer.
Once all three orchards are completely planted and the trees are producing (5-10 years after planting) we can expect the following harvests:
· 50 lbs. per apple tree or 2,500 – 3,000 pounds of apples annually
· 30 lbs. per hazelnut tree or 450 – 500 pounds of hazelnuts annually
· 30 lbs. per walnut tree or 450 – 500 pounds of walnuts annually
· 50 lbs. per pecan tree or 700 – 800 pounds of pecans annually
· 60 lbs. per apricot, plum, and pear tree or 2,500 – 3,000 of fruit annually
That’s approximately 7,000 pounds of food produced on campus not to mention all of the other crops and our fish harvest.
This is a huge step in campus sustainability and we have all of you to thank for this.