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Upcoming KBFA Events 

KBFA has postponed in-person field days for the time being. However, we are excited by the opportunity to bring some events online. 

Fruit Tree Management for Small Orchards 

Zoom Meeting (online)

Monday, June 22 - Nutrient Management 

Monday, June 29 - Pest Management 

Join tree fruit extension specialist Molly Thurston of Pearl Agriculture Consulting to discuss tree fruit management for small orchards (apples, pears, soft fruit). Molly provides agricultural consulting services to  conventional and organic growers and works regularity with growers in the Creston Valley. She is also co-owner and operator of Claremont Ranch Organic Orchard in Lake Country which supplies fruit to local restaurants, retailers and box delivery programs. These virtual extension meetings will focus primarily on organic tree fruit management, but the principles are applicable to all types of production. 


Monday, June 22: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (PST) 

Nutrient Management 

  • Essential nutrients  

  • Nutrient demand

  • Tree growth stages

  • Soil fertility

  • Nutrient sprays 

  • Maintaining balance & monitoring 

Monday, June 29: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (PST) 

Pest Management 

  • Why control pests? 

  • Pest lifecycles

  • Identifying pests

  • Controls (sprays)

  • Monitoring 

About Molly Thurston, PAg

Molly Thurston has worked in the tree fruit industry as a Horticulturist Since graduating from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Agriculture. She is owner of Pearl Agricultural Consulting, Inc. Her work involves extension, food safety support and technology transfer to conventional and certified organic growers. In 2013, Molly completed her MSc. at UBC- Okanagan campus in soil microbiology - studying the role of phosphate solubilizing bacteria in organic orchard systems. 

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