Blueberry Pruning 

 

Winter is loosening its grip and it's time to think about blueberry pruning.  We hope you are well and ready to prune! Blueberry pruning is one of our favorite things to do at the Land Trust. We always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new folks and basking in the beauty of the Trout Brook Valley orchard, sometimes in the warm spring sun and sometimes in snow flurries. 

Our four pruning sessions will run from 9:30 - noon on the below days. Please RSVP with the date(s) you can attend and the number of people coming by replying to this link: BLUEBERRY PRUNING RSVP and we will get back to you to confirm and remind a day or two before the event. We encourage you to bring a friend, co-worker or family member.  This is a fun, rewarding volunteer activity.

PRUNING DAYS: 
9:30 - noon on the below days

Friday, April 13

Saturday, April 14

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21

ITEMS TO BRING, IF AVAILABLE:

PLease bring your bypass hand pruners and loppers. Please make sure that your tools are sharp. You can easily sharpen them with a hand file if they are dull.  If want to buy some new equipment I would recommend you purchase the 32 inch lopper for around $32.97 (Home Depot price).

Directions

From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park.  You have arrived at the blueberry bushes!

Thank you for your help and we hope to see you soon.

David

PS:

Pruning volunteers will be invited to a drive-in picking day when the berries are ripe in the summer!  

Directions to Blueberry Patch

From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park.  You have arrived at the blueberry bushes!

If you have additional questions, suggestions or comments please contact:
Alice Cooney / Aspetuck Land Trust / Administration
PO Box 444 / Westport, CT 06881-0444
203-260-4737