For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The UW Ext. Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers invite all area gardeners and community residents interested to the spring seminar on April 7.
Laish Heersman, Instructor at MSTC, and Manager of ArborVantage Nursery in Aprin, will present “Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning.” Includes: a demonstration on grafting. Mr. Heersman was born and raised in the Rozelville area on a hobby farm and currently lives in the Milladore area with his wife and children. He attended UW Marshfield Wood County, A.A.S. Degree, UW Stout, Technology Education Major, MSTC, Urban Forestry Graduate and is currently MSTC adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture.
Mr. Heersman is very passionate about trees and shrubs, loves to learn, and loves to teach people what he knows. Joe Kuehnhold, Farmer at Lonely Oak Farm, Milladore WI, will present “Organic Vegetable Farming and the CSA World.” Includes: seed starting, hoop house/high tunnel usage, disease and pest treatment, composting, membership, restaurant, and soil nutrients/soil practices.
Mr. Kuehnhold grew up working on his grandparents and uncle’s farms—milking cows, baling hay, making maple syrup, and sorting cranberries. His own farming enterprise started when he was 12, started raising chickens and showing cattle at the county fair. He recently left a 13-year career as an agricultural education instructor to focus on the farm, freelance as a grazing specialist and as a forester for an environmental non-profit organization.
Pre-registration is recommended as space may be limited. Early registration for the seminar will be accepted until April 2 at the UW-Ext. office by calling 715-421- 8440. The seminar fee of $10.00 includes all seminar materials and is payable at registration the morning of the program. Refreshments will be provided by the Master Gardener Volunteers. For more information see our website wood-coumty- master-gardeners.org or Facebook.