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Backyard Fruit Growers Series Begins March 12 - Registration Required - 13th Location Added

February 19, 2019

Backyard Fruit Growers Series

Learn remotely from your computer or at 1 of 13 counties. 13 locations. 

This series offers current and aspiring backyard fruit growers the opportunity to learn from the experts about ways to increase the success and satisfaction of quality fruit production in their home landscape. It runs for 5 weeks on Tuesday evenings.

The following registration link will likely answer most or all of your questions, providing a detailed breakdown of what to expect with each session, viewing locations, contacts, etc, and can be accessed without committing to registration. Registration Link:

Who should attend?
This series should be of special interest to those with existing fruit plantings wishing to improve productivity and fruit quality as well as those just considering the addition of fruit to the home landscape.

What is the goal of the series?
This series will offer the home fruit grower a working knowledge of the modern tools and techniques that will improve their productivity of quality fruit. Participants will increase their satisfaction in their ability to produce fruit from their own land and labors that will contribute to the nutrition of their family.

What are the expected outcomes?
Participants will produce quality fruit of the type and quality that will be used by their family and friends to contribute to their diets and quality of life. Participants will build a network among themselves, current fruit growers, educators, and specialists. This program will provide the resources to facilitate their learning well after the conclusion of the series.

Session 1 - March 12: Program Overview & It all Begins with You
Session 2 - March 19: Small Fruit is BIG in the Landscape
Session 3 - March 26: Small Fruits - What to be Watching For
Session 4 - April 2: Tree Fruit - Branching out!
Session 5 - April 9: Tree Fruits - What to be Watching For

Live video stream - 13 viewing locations (list below)

Cost: $40/person which allows access to all sessions. No fee for second person from same home at the same viewing location.

Time: Each session is from 5:30 pm – 8 pm CST or 6:30 pm - 9 pm EST. (see below)



La Porte County—Gene Matzat, Westville, 219-324-9407,

Porter County—Nikky Witkowski, Wanatah, 219-465-3555,

Spencer County—Nick Held, Chrisney, 812-362-8066,



Allen County—Terri Theisen, Fort Wayne, 260-481-6826,

Clay County—Bob Bruner, Brazil, 812-448-9041,

Dubois County—Kenny Eck, Ferdinand, 812-482-1782,

Hamilton County—Amanda Baird, Noblesville, 317-776-0854,

Harrison County—Miranda Edge, Corydon, 812-738-4236,

Knox County—Valerie Clingerman, Vincennes, 812-882-3509,

Madison County—Beth Vansickle, Anderson, 765-641-9514,

Marion County—Steve Mayer, Indianapolis, 317-275-9290,

Marshall County—Bob Yoder, Plymouth, 574-935-8545,

Steuben County—Crystal Van Pelt, Angola, 260-668-1000 x 1400,


If you have further registration questions, contact The Education Store at 765-494-6794.

If you have further questions about the program, please contact Nikky Witkowski. ( or 219-465-3555)

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action university. If you require special accommodations to attend this event, please contact Nikky Witkowski: or 219-465-3555

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