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All About Avocados

Sunday | April 27, 2014 | 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

The Institute of Urban Homesteading | North Oakland, CA

In this class you will learn that yes, you can grow avocados. Well be carpool caravaning on an adventurous driving tour to visit vigorous avocado trees in the East Bay. Some people have planted with success and others have inherited established trees when they bought their property. Some established trees have 2’-3’ diameter trunks, are over 40 feet tall, and produce hundreds of pounds of fruit which can lend itself to neighborhood sharing and gleaning. We’ll address why so few have been planted here, and why experts are now recommending planting more. We’ll discuss best planting and growing techniques. We’ll also talk about the many varieties we can grow here – from Hass to Reed and many more – including which are hardiest for our microclimates, and how to plant for a year round crop. We’ll learn about pollination, cultivation, fertilization, pruning and harvesting. We’ll also talk about health benefits and culinary and cosmetic uses for avocados, and share recipes.

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Cost: $40 - $70
Event Phone: (510) 927-3252
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