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Part of our goal here at Rural Ridge Orchard is to promote the propagation of quality heirloom fruits, preserving their unique flavors and a more diverse gene pool.  To this end we offer a suite of workshops that will take you through the steps of planning and planting your home orchard, caring for it, grafting your own trees, and even making use of its fruits.  All workshops have limited space; attendees will be accepted first come, first serve. Please do not attend without a registration.

Cancellation Policy: For refund, cancellations must be received 10 days prior to event.

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February 2020

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Careful pruning ensures a more bountiful harvest. Find out how much to prune, where to make the pruning cuts, and when it should be done.

This class is structured to take orchardists from...


March 2020

Sat, 03/07/2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

This class is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early and please do not attend without a registration.

Jim Moniz teaches a hands-on pruning workshop. Classroom...

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Since apples do not reproduce true from seed, propagation depends on grafting the desired variety onto a reliable rootstock.   Expert hands-on instruction by the Vintage Virginia Apples staff will...

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
POSTPONED to Spring 2021 Message from the Sheltons: Due to recent concerns over travel, this workshop will be postponed to next Spring. Please keep an eye on our website for a specific date in the... more

October 2020

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Dreaming of starting your own orchard?  Join Rich Marini, Penn State University pomologist, and the team at Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks for a day-long course on planning and...