Demonstration of Successful Apple Orchard Establishment on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Once a production hub for multiple fruit crops including apples, the Eastern Shore of Maryland has negligible tree fruit production currently. Therefore, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) state program is providing a three-year education program from 2017 to 2020 about establishing and managing high density apple orchards to service providers with interest in teaching and advising farmers about orchard production. Progressive farmers with an interest in establishing apple orchards are also being invited to participate. Through workshops and field days at UMES’s newly established demonstration orchard, self-directed study components that include learning checks, and periodic support calls with the project leader, the project is equipping service providers with the knowledge and skills to offer capable education, advice and expert referrals to farmers.