BF 223: Introduction to Tree Fruit Production

Planning and Managing Orchards

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Planning and Managing Orchards for Hobby and Business

Tree fruit are an important component of the agricultural and homeowner landscape. Planting and management of apple and other tree fruit orchards is a rewarding hobby and business, but you cannot simply plant trees and expect good fruit. There's a lot that goes into successful orcharding!

This course trains beginning tree fruit growers in fundamental concepts in orchard planning and management. Content will include site selection and management, rootstock and cultivar selection, orchard systems, pest management, nutrient management, and harvest considerations for commercial orchards tailored to the northeast U.S.

Target Audience

All levels – The course is for beginning tree fruit growers, or experienced growers seeking a refresher on basic concepts in orchard management. The topics covered will be specific to orchard systems and may not be appropriate for all climatic zones.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand of the basics of tree fruit production, harvesting, and marketing
  • Have information sources to develop an orchard planting and management plan


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and ask questions to address your farm issues in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing. Access details will be posted in Teachable once you have registered and logged in.

Webinar Schedule

Wed Jan 13, 2021 from 6:30-8pm Eastern, and every Wed after that until the final webinar on Wed Feb 17. All webinars will be recorded and shared for later viewing.

Your Instructor

Anna Wallis and Mike Basedow
Anna Wallis and Mike Basedow

Anna Wallis was formerly the regional fruit specialist in Northeastern NY for Cornell Cooperative Extension, working as part of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. She works with apple and grape growers in the cold climate of upstate NY—a great place to grow Honeycrisp and McIntosh apples, and cold climate grapes. She holds a Master’s Degree in Plant Science from the University of Maryland, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Cornell.

As Tree Fruit Specialist for the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team, Michael Basedow covers the Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson Valley regions and is housed in the CCE Clinton office. Michael has a B.S. in Plant Sciences/Horticulture from Cornell and a M.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University. Michael comes to CCE from PSU Extension, where he served as a tree fruit extension educator developing and delivering fruit extension programs, including specialized programs for beginning and young farmer audiences. Michael also has extensive tree fruit field and applied research experience with apple growers, including a stint at the Hudson Valley Lab as an undergraduate at Cornell.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course officially starts and ends on the dates given above, when the instructors get involved and begin hosting live weekly webinars. If you are registering after the webinars have concluded for the year, you will have immediate access to all the course materials, and will be able to participate in the next year's webinars if you choose to.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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