Training workshops on fruit tree farming

As in 2013, several trainings, on pruning and on the making and application of a regenerating and sanitizing wash on trunks and main branches, were organized (January and March 2014).

Formation à la taille des fruitiers (travaux pratiques collectifs – réduction du nombre de jeunes rameaux fuctifères  sur un plaqueminier) Trainings on fruit tree pruning. Collective practice: reducing the number of young fruiting branches on persimmon.
Travail de curage et élimination des vielles écorces, préalable à l'application du badigeonWork to clean and eliminate old bark before applying a wash.
Application sur des pommiers, du badigeon fait d'argile, de bouse fraîche, de purin de consoude, et d'une cuillère d'huile qui sert de liantApplication of the wash on apple trees made of clay, fresh manure, an infusion of comfrey, and one spoonful of oil serving as a binder.
Pommiers enduits par du badigeon fait d'argile, de bouse fraîche, de purin de consoude, et d'une cuillère d'huile qui sert de liantMission accomplished, in a year, the apple trees will have re-found their youth.

On the other hand, in order to respond to the growing desire to plant and value local varieties at low cost, trainings on grafting were organized in March and April. This knowledge will also be useful for grafting in place on seeded pits, or grafting wild trees.

Entraînement à la préparation de greffons avec des rameaux d'olivierPractice preparing scions with olive branches.
greffe multiple de cerisier sur prunierGrafting multiple cherries on a wild plum (Sainte Lucie).

All of these training days were organized with the help of Le Filon, an association working in the Cevennes on the transfer of popular knowledge, and were financed by VIVEA (funds for training farmers).