Conservation Training

Organic Gooseberry, Currant, and Apple Production

June 28, 2023

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Belmont, WI

At Marbleseed's Organic Field Day, join Chris and Juli McGuire in Belmont, Wisconsin, to learn about the evolution of their farm from vegetable to fruit growing, and past changes in farm scale, labor, mechanization, and marketing. Visit their half-acre planting of currants and gooseberries, established in 2020, and view their ongoing trials of the cordon trellis method of growing these plants alongside more traditional untrellised, bush plantings. The tour will conclude in their apple orchard, with trees ranging from 1-12 years of age and discussion of site preparation and planting, tree training, groundcover management, pest control, variety selection and orchard equipment.