Conservation Training

Organic Production of Apple, Currants, and Gooseberries

June 28, 2023

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

​Join Chris and Juli McGuire for a tour of Two Onion Farm to learn about organic apple, currant and gooseberry production. We will 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. We will also hear results of a recent on-farm trial on organic methods of controlling gooseberry Anthracnose leaf spot, a troublesome disease in the Upper Midwest. We will then tour their apple orchard, including trees ranging from 1-12 years of age, and discuss site preparation and planting, tree training, groundcover management, pest control, variety selection and orchard equipment. We will hear how their apple growing methods evolved as their orchard changed from a small component of a diverse vegetable farm to their farm's primary focus.