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New! Partnering with Whatcom County Libraries
Cloud Mountain is pleased to be partnering with the Whatcom County Library System in 2017 to bring two of our signature workshops to a library branch near you, free of charge.
Jan 28        11:00-12:30    North Fork Library, Deming

Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden
Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting your first garden? Vegetable gardening can be fun and rewarding, however it involves more than just planting seeds. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. This class is also a nice refresher for those that haven’t grown a vegetable garden in a while.


Feb 11        3:00-4:30    Everson Library

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees
If you're thinking about planting fruit trees, but don't know where to start, this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn about the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. You’ll leave knowing how to give your trees the best start in the first 3 years.

 
Community Learning Opportunities at
Cloud Mountain Farm Center 2017

 

At Cloud Mountain we are passionate about learning. We offer the community a variety of workshops on topics ranging from basic food gardening to advanced fruit tree care. Many of our workshops take place outside in the demonstration gardens and fields to provide real-world examples and hands-on guidance. Please come prepared for the weather; even our indoor seminar space can be on the cool side.

Most workshops are $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people. Our advanced classes are more in-depth and hands-on, and range from $30 for a session, up to $100 for a series. Scholarships are available upon request; no one will be turned away based on ability to pay. Please register for classes at our website or by phone at (360) 966-5859 x1300.

 Feb. 11, 10:30-Noon 
Learn to Grow Fruit Trees
If you're thinking about planting fruit trees, but don't know where to start, this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn about the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. You’ll leave knowing how to give your trees the best start in the first 3 years. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


Begins Feb. 11, 1:30-3:30
Advanced Vegetable Gardening – 5 Part Series
This five part class is designed for intermediate to advanced vegetable gardeners looking to increase their background knowledge, refine their skills, and get new ideas and strategies for growing better vegetables.  Topics covered will include crop planning, crop rotation, soil fertility, composting, seed starting, season extension, direct seeding, transplanting, weed management, pest and disease issues, water and irrigation, high tunnels, and winter gardening.  We will also discuss in detail specific requirements and challenges for all the main vegetable families.  Included in the registration fee is the seed and materials needed to start your own vegetable seedlings each class to take home for your garden.  This class is a perfect source for local, proven information to be successful at growing year round vegetables at home.  Registration required, space is limited. $100 for the five part series.
 



Feb. 18  10:30-Noon
Growing Apples and Pears
Are you interested in growing apples and pears? This class will cover growing techniques and pruning methods for apple and pear trees. Techniques covered will help you learn to keep your trees healthy and productive year after year. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


Begins Feb.18, 1:30-3:30 OR March 4, 10:30-12:30  

Advanced Apple and Pear Growing, Two Part Hands-On Course
Registration required, space is limited. $40 for both Part 1 & Part 2. Sign up for our Two Advanced Courses, Apples & Pears and Stone Fruits, and all 4 classes are $70.

Begins Feb.18, 1:30-3:30 OR March 4, 10:30-12:30
This two-part class will take you beyond theory and enhance your skills as a fruit grower. In this first class, you'll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. You'll practice applying pruning theory to trees grown on different training systems, and on trees of different ages. Expect to walk away feeling more confident when working with your fruit trees. To provide hands-on training, we limit the class size and offer two sections of the class, Feb 18th or Mar. 4th. Be prepared to be outside. Registration required, space is limited.
Part 2: May 20, 10:30-12:30
In the second class in this two-part series you’ll learn about the process of scouting for pest and disease issues, and about how pruning in Part 1 has affected the early growth of the trees. You’ll also learn about fruit set, and participate in a hands-on thinning practicum. Both sections of Advanced Apple & Pear Growing, Part 1 will meet together for this class. Be prepared to be outside.


Feb 25, 10:30-Noon
New! Raising Poultry for Meat and Eggs
Raising poultry can be a very rewarding endeavor. Come see how to raise chickens and turkeys for meat, from brooding chicks to the processing of birds for the table and the freezer. In addition, you’ll learn about raising chickens for egg production.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.
Sponsored by Scratch & Peck


Feb 25,  1:30-3:00
New! Raising Pigs
Have you been wondering what it takes to raise a few pigs in the backyard? Interested in adding pastured pork to your farm or homestead? This workshop will give you the overview you need to get started. You can expect to learn about housing and fencing, pasture management, feed and nutrition, health concerns and care, and processing and butchering options. You’ll also learn about various pig breeds and where to source weaners. A co-presenter from the Whatcom Conservation District will cover the free and confidential services available for rural landowners, and conservation farm planning 101.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.
Sponsored by Scratch & Peck


March 4, 1:30-3:00
Growing Small Fruits
Did you know that Northwest gardeners can grow an incredible variety of fruits and berries? This workshop will focus on techniques for growing small fruiting plants, like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


Mar 11     10:30-Noon
Learn to Grow Organic Fruit at Home
You can grow tree fruits and berries using organic practices, even in our challenging climate. Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive. This workshop will cover the most common pest and disease issues of our area, and how to deal with them effectively. Other topics will include soil and weed management and use of compost and mulches in fruit growing.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


March 11,1:30-3:00     
Repeat of Growing Apples and Pears
Are you interested in growing apples and pears? This class will cover growing techniques and pruning methods for apple and pear trees. Techniques covered will help you learn to keep your trees healthy and productive year after year. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


GrapesMarch 18, 10:30-Noon
Growing Wine Grapes
The Center has been conducting wine grape variety trials for almost 20 years, and developing different training systems to improve grape production. We want to share this information to help new and experienced grower[LD2]s. This workshop will provide you with an overview of how to grow wine grapes in our cool climate. You will learn about cultural practices including soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting. The workshop will take place in the vineyard.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


March 18, 1:30-3:30
Winter Propagation: Grafting and Hardwood Cuttings
workshop, you’ll learn how to propagate fruit trees and other woody plants during the dormant season using grafting and hardwood cuttings Registration is required, $30 workshop fee. Sign up for all 4 Propagation Classes for $70.


Mar 25     10:30-Noon
New! Growing Table Grapes
For the past few years, the Center has been trialing different training systems for table grapes and we are seeing very impressive results. Join us for this new workshop and learn how to grow table grapes successfully. You’ll learn about trellis design, pruning and training, and about fertility and pest management methods. We’ll also discuss varieties that work in our cool summer climate, including some new, just released varieties. Be prepared to be outside.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


Mar 25    1:30-3:00
New! Renovate Your Older Fruit Trees
If you’ve inherited an older or neglected fruit tree and are puzzled about how to prune it, this class can help! You’ll learn how to apply pruning techniques to make your trees more manageable and productive. Be prepared to be outside.
Class site to be announced. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


March 25,1:30-3:30
Advanced Vegetable Gardening- Part 2
See February 11 for description


April 1 10:30-Noon
Learn the Artful Tradition of Espalier
Espalier is a unique training system for fruit trees that allows growers to maximize limited space while adding aesthetics to the garden. There are several espaliering training systems to choose from; [LD4]if you’re considering creating a Belgian fence or growing cherries trained to a fan, this workshop is for you. The class will cover construction considerations, training, and which plants will succeed. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


April 1 1:30-3:00pm
Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums
Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be both rewarding and challenging in our maritime climate. This workshop covers planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. 
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


April 8,10:30-Noon
Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden
Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting your first garden? Vegetable gardening can be fun and rewarding, however it involves more than just planting seeds. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. This class is also a nice refresher for those that haven’t grown a vegetable garden in a while.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


April 8, 1:30-3:30
New! Starting Plants from Seed
Starting plants from seed can really expand the diversity of your garden. From vegetable and flower starts to native and ornamental woody plants, starting from seed can be very rewarding. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about selecting the right growing media and fertilizers, and how to stratify hard-to-germinate seeds and care for transplants. Registration required, $30 course fee. Sign up for all 4 Propagation Classes for $70.


Starts April 22, 10:30-12:30
Advanced Stone Fruit Growing, Two Part Hands-On CourseRainier

Registration required, space is limited. $40 for both Part 1 & Part 2.
Sign up for our Two Advanced Courses, Apples & Pears and Stone Fruits, and all 4 classes are $70.


Part 1- April 22, 10:30-12:30  

Do you still hesitate before you make a pruning cut on your plum or cherry trees? This two-part class will take you beyond theory and enhance your skills. In this first class, you'll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. You'll practice applying pruning theory to trees of different ages. Stone fruits require special handling when pruning, and are pruned just as the fruit sets.  Registration required, space is limited.

Part 2- June 3, 10:30-12:30

In the second class in this two-part series you’ll learn about the process of scouting for pest and disease issues, and about how pruning in Part 1 has affected the early growth of the trees. You’ll also learn about fruit set, and participate in a hands-on thinning practicum. Be prepared to be outside.


April 22, 1:30-3:30
Advanced Vegetable Gardening- Part 3
See Feb. 11 for class description.


May 6, 10:30-Noon
Sustainable Landscaping
Your garden can be both beautiful and productive. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden, as well as ways to integrate edible plants into a showy landscape. Expect to come away with the tools to grow and maintain your landscape in an environmentally friendly way.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


May 6, 1:30-3:00
New! Goat Husbandry and Dairy for the Homestead
Do you love fresh milk? Do you have extra blackberries that need mowing? Attend this workshop to learn the basics of home goat dairying. You will learn what to look for when purchasing animals, and get an overview of dairy breeds, necessary infrastructure, pasture basics, nutritional needs, milking, health care, and culling and butchering options. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.

 


May 13, 10:30-Noon
Using Tunnels & Hoops Houses for Productive Gardening
You can grow great tomatoes and peppers in the Pacific Northwest! Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. We’ll discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


May 13,  1:30-3:30
Advanced Vegetable Gardening- Part 4
See Feb. 11 for class description.


 May 20, 10:30-12:30
Advanced Apple & Pear Growing, Part 2
In the second class in this two-part series you’ll learn about the process of scouting for pest and disease issues, and about how pruning in Part 1 has affected the early growth of the trees. You’ll also learn about fruit set, and participate in a hands-on thinning practicum. . Both sections of Advanced Apple & Pear Growing, Part 1 will meet together for this class. Be prepared to be outside.


 June 3, 10:30-12:30
Advanced Stone Fruit Growing, Part 2
In the second class in this two-part series you’ll learn about the process of scouting for pest and disease issues, and about how pruning in Part 1 has affected the early growth of the trees. You’ll also learn about fruit set, and participate in a hands-on thinning practicum. 
Be prepared to be outside. 


June 10, 1:30-3:00
Summer Care in the Vineyard
This workshop walks you through best practices for managing your vineyard in the hot summer months. The class will cover shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water management, and disease management. All of these techniques are critical to the production of quality grapes for eating and winemaking.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


June 17, 10:30-Noon
Plant your Winter Vegetable Garden Now!
Who doesn’t love having fresh vegetables in the fall and winter? Here in the Northwest, it’s possible to grow and harvest vegetables almost year round. For a successful winter garden, it is best to begin planning and planting during the peak summer season. In this class, you’ll learn about the types of plants you can grow, special fertility and soil requirements for winter gardening, and the use of cloches and frost blankets to extend the harvest.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


June 17, 1:30-3:30
Advanced Vegetable Gardening- Part 5
See Feb. 11 for class description.


June 24, 10:30-Noon
Summer Propagation- Softwood Cuttings
The skill of propagating cuttings is something every gardening enthusiast should have in their tool belt. If a few simple guidelines are followed, softwood and semi-ripe cuttings can be very successful. The summer season is the most effective for the propagation of many woody plants. You will learn to clonally propagate plants during the growing season. We will discuss timing of cut, condition of wood, and caring for cuttings during and after the rooting process.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Sign up for all 4 Propagation Classes for $70.


July 22, 10:00-5:00
Summer Harvest Day
Mid to late summer is the pinnacle of fruit and veggies in the garden.  Come tour Cloud Mountain's growing fields and taste the wonderful bounty that can be grown here.  Registration not required.


 August 19, 10:30-12:30
Summer Propagation: Fruit Tree Grafting by Chip Budding
Are you looking to expand your grafting skills? This two-hour course will introduce you to the basic principles of chip bud grafting. In addition to practicing the budding technique, you’ll learn about knife use, rootstock/scion selection, and aftercare of new grafts. Be prepared to be outside. Space is limited. Registration required, $30 course fee. Sign up for all 4 Propagation Classes for $70.


September 16   10:30-Noon    
Harvesting Fall Fruit
When is it ripe?  How do I store it? What can I do to use this fruit through the winter? These are some of the most commonly asked questions in the fall.  At this workshop, we will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods.   We will also discuss fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest.
$10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended.


September 23   Noon-3:30  
Trial Vineyards Open House & Wine Trials Evaluation
Come and tour our trial vineyards with Executive Director Tom Thornton. He will share highlights and answer questions about CMFC’s two decades of variety trials. Be prepared to be outside. Following the one-hour tour, you’ll have the chance to taste wines made from the grapes grown in the trial vineyards. This workshop is a chance for new and experienced wine grape growers to have a look at many of the uncommon varieties that succeed in our climate. Fruit will be available for sampling. Numerous wines, both red and white, will be opened for taste and discussion. If you have fruit or wines you want to share, you are welcome to bring samples. Please let us know what you are bringing!
Registration required, must be 21 or over to participate. $10 per person.


September 30, 1pm-3pm
Making Hard Cider
YAre you overwhelmed with apples every year? Thinking about turning them into hard cider? This two-hour workshop is your chance to learn about hard cider production. You’ll learn the basic procedures for juicing fruit and fermenting, including equipment needs, apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation. And yes, you will get to taste some hard cider. Registration required, limited space, must be 21 or over to participate. $30 workshop fee.


October 7   10am-5pm  &  October 8   11am-4pm
Annual Fall Fruit Festival
An annual event for over 25 years, we have close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, ciders, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for you to taste and enjoy. The best part is that they are all fruits you can grow in NW Washington! It is quite a culinary education. Live music provides a pleasant background for this event. Julia’s Pumpkin Patch features U-pick and we-pick pumpkins and gourds for the festival and throughout the month of October. This is a fun-filled family event that many people attend - we hope you will join us! Admission fee, no registration required.