Audubon To Hold Apple Orchard Stewardship Workshop Aug. 4

To learn how to manage and care for your apple orchard, plan now to participate in the Apples All Year Long: Orchard Stewardship workshop, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, at Audubon Community Nature Center. Submitted photo

Taking care of an apple orchard is more than just planting trees.

Those who want to learn more about orchard management and stewardship can attend the Apples All Year Long: Orchard Stewardship workshop Saturday, Aug. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Orchardist Al Yelvington will touch on mechanical, biological and some chemical methods of caring for an orchard.

Yelvington is a transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. The orchardist is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences, focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Enrollment is limited. The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, Aug. 2, by calling 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.