Bluebird Farm: Healthy Fruit Trees: Tom & Renee Wade

Now is the time to consider your fruit trees and what you can do to make the next 2 years healthy and productive for them. That’s right. There is a critical window in early spring that will influence fruit production for 2019 as well as 2018!


If you would like to learn the latest and be reminded of the basics – and why they are so important – then join Tom Wade on Saturday, January 20th for The Healthy Fruit Trees Workshop.


The workshop will include:

  • Key timing and essential strategies to increase vitality and enhance immunity to pests and diseases.  
  • How to build the right mix of fungi and bacteria in the soil.
  • How to support the arboreal food web.
  • Simple strategies for conserving water in your orchard.
  • The difference between heading and thinning cuts and appropriate uses for each.
  • How to use pruning to increase tree vitality and fruit production..
  • The key follow-up strategy that makes your pruning most effective..


This workshop is divided into two sessions:

Growing Health and Vitality will take place indoors in the morning, 9:30 – Noon.

Pruning for Vitality and Abundance will take place outdoors in the afternoon, 1 – 3:30pm. This second session is limited to 8 participants to make it easier for everyone to see the demonstrations and follow along.


Held at Bluebird Farm and Permaculture Garden on Cement Hill Rd in Nevada City. Choose one or both sessions. A single session is $30. Both sessions are $50.


Tom Wade is a certified Permaculture Designer with over 30 years experience in food growing, orchard care, and landscaping.  He is also a talented storyteller, making his workshops entertaining as well as highly educational.


Contact Renee at if you have questions or would like to preregister.


Here’s to a vibrant 2018!

Workshops held at Bluebird Farm, 11153 Cement Hill Rd., Nevada City, CA. Taught by Tom and Renee Wade, with guest teacher Marney Blair of Fulcrum Farm. 


Tom and Renee are certified Permaculture Design consultants, farmers, and landscapers with over 40 years combined experience. Renee is also the author of The Living Earth Handbook: Creating Sustainability from the Inside Out. She holds a degree in Ecological Agriculture. Tom is a talented storyteller with an amazing capacity to bring the details to life. Marney is a biodynamic farmer and compost expert. She is also active with the Slow Food movement.


The cost is $60 for the October workshop or $100 for both workshops. (Must attend the first workshop to participate in the November one, and yes, you can upgrade at the end of the first workshop.)


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