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Fruit Tree Pruning and Training Classes

October 12, 2010

Fruits of the City will be offering fruit tree pruning and training classes at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (2742 15th Avenue South) in Minneapolis on November 6th and 20th. The classes will be taught by Jeffrey Johnson, a University of Minnesota horticulturalist with 30 years of experience. Each class will consist of two sessions: a classroom lecture on the latest theory and practical applications for pruning and training (10 am to noon), and an outdoor demonstration and practice session (1 to 3 pm).

Specific topics to be addressed include fruit production and tree longevity optimization, maintenance minimization, ease of harvest, and pesticide applications. During the outdoor session, students will work on trees directly using hand pruners, handsaws, pole saws, loppers, and spreaders.

The cost for both sessions of each class is $30. Treeowners are strongly encouraged to register in advance by contacting Fruits of the City via email ( or phone (651-789-3321). Those of you who have already created an account on VolunteerHub can register for the classes online:

A minimum of eight registrations is needed for each class or it will be canceled.

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