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 for the 2019 season will run from 9:30 - noon on April 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th.
We encourage you to bring a friend, co-worker or family member. This is a fun, rewarding volunteer activity.
Please RSVP with the date(s) you can attend and the number of people coming by replying to this link:
You will receive a reminder via email the week of the Pruning.
ITEMS TO BRING:
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 David recommends you purchase the 32 inch lopper for around $32.97 (Home Depot price).
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. This is the access road to the Patch. Please park on Freeborn and wait for a shuttle vehicle. If you are comfortable please walk up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Follow the pathway about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and you will be at the blueberry bushes!
We will be standing ready to give a lift to all volunteers that cannot comfortably walk in. If you are able to walk to the Patch you may do so via the access road or use trail access.