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Professor Barkslip’s Fruit School [VA]

  • 2351 Glade Road Blacksburg, VA (map)

Professor Barkslip’s Fruit School “Better than Organic” with well seasoned orchardist Bill Whipple

Join Bill Whipple through this holistic orchard approach to fruit happiness without chemicals founded on thoughtful site analysis, choosing appropriate species, and open-eyed management.

Applicable for home orchards, small farms and the rest of the world!


Saturday, March 5th, 9 am-5 pm: Orchard site analysis and species selection; planting, soil and understory management; pruning for new plantings; pruning and mature tree care

Sunday, March 6th, 9 am-5 pm: Plant propagation with seed, layer, and rooting; grafting and cloning around (hands-on with a tree to take home); advanced top working


Bill Whipple has been growing pears in southeast West Virginia for 28 years on his Talking Hill Farm without chemicals and markets them regionally. He has added over 1000 trees of mixed species in the last 10 years and has begun a fruit and nut breeding program. His model is a testimony to the fact that we can grow a wide diversity of chemical-free fruit in our region. Learn more about Bill on his website


Classes held at Glade Road Growing, 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg, Va.

*Homemade farm lunch provided both days.*

Early bird registration (by Feb 1); $150 full weekend; $85 single day

Late bird registration (after Feb 1): $180 full weekend; $100 single day

Details and sign up available at or call (540) 808-0672

Farm located at 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg, VA

Later Event: March 18