Interested in having your very own apple tree? Applications are now being accepted for tree adoptions at the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place. People can adopt trees for ONE harvest season. Two adoption levels are available depending upon whether or not you want to help maintain your tree.
Pruning Adoptions (available January through April) are $40. Adopters are required to prune and thin their tree according to orchard standards along with picking up windfalls (detailed info available at www.curranappleorchard.com). A free classroom session on proper pruning techniques will be taught by master gardener/professional arborist Robert Sweet on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at United Church, 3912 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place.
Master gardeners and trained volunteers will also be on hand to provide advice and assistance at free pruning parties at the orchard on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Feb. 6 and 20; March 5 and 19; and April 2 and 16.
Orchard Supporter Adoptions (available all year for the current crop) are $65. This is a perfect option for people who desire a tree but would prefer volunteers to take care of tree maintenance duties.
All adoptions are for one harvest season. Adopter names will appear on their trees. Both levels of adopters are entitled to harvest apples from their trees.