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2024 Winter Lecture Series: Growing Quality Organic Native Fruit with Jim Kinsel (January 14, 2024)

Start
Sunday, January 14 2:00 pm
End
Sunday, January 14 3:00 pm

$15.00

Farmer Jim Kinsel, of Chesterfield Organic Orchards & Nursery in Crosswicks, Burlington County, NJ, will talk about the benefits and challenges of growing native fruit organically in our area. He’ll highlight native varieties of small and tree fruits suitable for organic production, such as American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), pawpaws (Asimina triloba) and blueberries (Vaccinium spp.). He will also discuss using your own compost as a fertilizer source, natural pest protection and protecting fruit from late and early frosts.

Jim Kinsel has been farming organically for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice at three NJ farms. After branching out on his own in 1991, he established the first certified organic Community Supported Agriculture program in Mercer County, NJ (then known as Watershed Organic Farm CSA), where he and his staff grew a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and dried beans. At one time, his CSA program (after name change to Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA) was the largest in the nation. He and his wife Sherry Dudas currently grow certified organic strawberries, figs, pawpaws, American and Asian persimmons, Chinese chestnuts and asparagus on 118 acres of permanently preserved farmland in Chesterfield, NJ under the name of Chesterfield Organic Orchards & Nursery, where they also nurture a fruit plant nursery.

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event via education@bhwp.org.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at noon on the date of the program. This lecture is part of our Annual Winter Lecture Series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.

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All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event via education@bhwp.org.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at noon on the date of the program. This lecture is part of our Annual Winter Lecture Series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.