Sat, Oct 5, 2019
Decades ago, Lee Reich, PhD, moved from being a fruit researcher with the USDA and then Cornell University to writing, consulting, and lecturing about gardening—and expanding his backyard garden into a two-acre farmden (more than a garden, less than a farm). Besides providing a year-round supply of fruits and vegetables, the farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and food production. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work.
Take a walk with Lee around his farmden, Springtown Farmden, to experience (that is, taste!) and learn about dessert gooseberries, medlars, gumis, pawpaws, hardy kiwifruit and some of the other "uncommon" fruits that he has been growing and studying. (He wrote about many of these in his book Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Timber Press, 2004). In addition to the uncommon fruits, Lee also grows familiar fruits such as choice varieties of apples, Asian and European pears, a number of varieties of table grapes (chosen for being cold-hardy, disease resistant, and flavorful), and various kinds of nuts. A number of these fruits are ornamental as well, so ideal for "luscious landscaping," and others become ornamental when trained as espaliers.
Soil at the farmden is managed for plant health and sustainability. We’ll dig deeper into the current soil management schemes as well as future areas of exploration. An added benefit of soil care at Springtown Farmden is fewer weeds. For more information about the farmden and pictures please visit www.leereich.com.
Advance registration is required and space is limited.
387 Springtown Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Date and time
Saturday, October 5, 2019
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