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Michael Phillips, a leading expert in organic orchard management. He will cover resolving major insect challenges organically, dealing with disease from a holistic perspective, and the underlying nutritional cause and effect relationship which plays a significant role in orchard health. Learn how to build a holistic management system to ease the challenges you face in your own orchard. Then hear from Flag Hill Farm owners Sebastian Lousada and Sabra Ewing about what’s different about growing organic apples for hard cider production, the ins-and-outs of the cider craft, and tour their processing facility. Samples and sales of Flag Hill’s products will be available to participants of legal drinking age with valid identification.
*****Important notes for this workshop!*****
Please review directions below and leave plenty of time to reach the workshop - depending on your vehicle's clearance, you may need to walk the last 3/4 mile.
Please also carpool if you can!
After a record apple crop last year, we unfortunately have virtually no apples this year so do not be surprised by that. There should be plenty to talk about nonetheless!
If you wish to purchase cider/brandy we only take checks and cash.
Nearby Lake Fairlee is a good place for swimiming (look for Town of Thetford treasure Island $4/person) if some members of your party might prefer that to apple talk!
We are a remote location up a rough class 4 road so if you have a low clearance car, be prepared to walk the last half mile. Carpool if you can as parking is also not the easiest when you get here. The best thing is to pull as much to the side of the road as you can and park so other vehicles can get past.
If you are handicapped call us and we will make special arrangements to the best of our ability.
Our phone number: 802 685 7724. Cell phones only work reliably near Ward’s Garage, 6 miles up Rte 113 from Chelsea, or on I-91 near the Thetford exit (14) so plan ahead .
The low building in Town that serves as the Vershire Town office should be open and one could always call from there or the post Office if you really get lost.
**Do not blindly trust your GPS or online map site. Google Maps gives correct directions as long as you make sure to take the directions using RT 113 if you are coming from the north.
From the North:
In Chelsea Vt, take Rt 113 East for 6.0 miles
Look for your second right (there are signs for The Mountain School) It is called BROWN Road (but the sign is currently down) go .7 miles.
Continue through stop sign onto VERSHIRE CENTER ROAD go .2 miles
At the 4 corners Turn right onto REED ROAD. Go 1.5 miles (or if you wish to be easy on your car, park at the top of the hill (approx 3/4 miles) and then walk the rest of the road which is then Class 4. Walking takes less than a half hour but is steep in some sections. We may put out a few signs to indicate the worst bits of the road if you wish to drive some but not all of the Class 4 section.
Swing right onto EWING ROAD go another .2 miles and you dead end into Flag Hill Farm property. You’ll see 2 barn buildings first. Park anywhere you can and then continue to walk along the road to the house and orchard.
From the South (or the middle of Vershire):
In Vershire on Rte 113 West, look for a sign for The Mountain School, as you are leaving town, past the Town Office.
Just after the sign, take a left on VERSHIRE CENTER ROAD go .8 miles (past town garage)
Take another left at the T (it is still VERSHIRE CENTER ROAD) go .2 miles and follow the directions above turning onto REED ROAD etc.
From either direction if you end up at The Mountain School you should turn around because you have overshot Reed Road by a half Mile. Do NOT go down Taylor Valley Road !
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