Susan is a dynamic, professional and knowledgable speaker who inspires and entertains through her keynote presentations, talks, webinars and hands-on workshops. Here are a selection of Susan’s popular fruit tree care topics. Susan also offers an in person 40-hour certificate program in fruit tree care covering all the topics below and more. Other talks can be customized to your needs.
Beyond Delicious: Exploring Exotic Apples (1-hour presentation)
Red Delicious has been the top selling apple in North America for decades. But compared to so many other apple varieties, Red Delicious is mealy and bland. Why has it taken so long for consumers to realize that this apple actually doesn’t taste very good?
In this talk, fruit tree care educator and urban orchardist Susan Poizner delves into the history of growing and breeding apple cultivars in North America and introduces fantastic varieties that you can source (or grow) and use instead.
You’ll learn how apple trees propagated and why growing them from seed will lead to disappointment. Susan explores how apples are marketed and why a small number of apple tree varieties dominate the market. And Susan introduces some of her favourite exotic apples, including heirloom apples as well as easy-to-grow newly developed cultivars.
Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: 10 Secrets to Success (1-hour presentation)
More and more North Americans are planting fruit trees in their gardens, parks or on company land. But often new growers are disappointed. Without proper care, young fruit trees are vulnerable to pest and disease problems and often produce poor quality fruit. What many new growers don’t realize is that in order to thrive, fruit trees need skilled hands-on care including correct annual pruning, fertility management and pest and disease prevention.
Join urban orchardist and award-winning author Susan Poizner in this fruit tree care workshop, where she will share 10 tried-and-true secrets to success in growing healthy, successful organic fruit trees. Susan is a passionate filmmaker, journalist, urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator. She is creator of the fruit tree care certificate training program at www.orchardpeople.com, author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and host of the monthly fruit tree care podcast The Urban Forestry Radio Show on RealityRadio101.com.
Winter and Summer Fruit Tree Pruning (2-hour workshop)
One important way we keep our fruit trees healthy and productive is by pruning them correctly every year – starting from the very day we plant our bare root fruit tree. In this workshop urban orchardist and fruit tree educator Susan Poizner will teach you how fruit tree pruning is different than pruning native or ornamentals trees.
You will learn how to use pruning to improve your fruit tree’s health, to spur vigorous growth or to slow down the growth of a larger, overgrown fruit tree. She will teach the difference between winter and summer fruit tree pruning and how pruning can help combat the common fruit tree diseases.
Preventing Pests and Disease in Fruit Trees (Can be done as a 1-hour talk or 2-hour workshop)
Is your fruit tree young and healthy? That’s the perfect time to learn about how to prevent pests and disease from infecting your trees in the future. Or do you already have problems with insects nibbling on your tree’s leaves, goopy wounds on your tree, scarred or disfigured fruit or black swellings on the branches? In this talk urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner will teach you how to identify and treat some of the most common pest and disease problems organically. This workshop covers the causes of pest and disease problems, identification of various common diseases, organic approaches to pest and disease control, and the basics of pruning out disease.
Choosing a Fruit Tree (2.5-hour interactive workshop)
Whether you are growing a single fruit tree in your yard, or a group of fruit trees in a community garden, your orchard’s future success can depend upon the trees you choose. If you select the right trees, you will have generous harvests for years to come. But if you choose the wrong trees you may spend years grappling with insect infestations and disease. In this fruit tree care workshop, fruit tree care educator and urban orchardist Susan Poizner will go through the basics of choosing a fruit tree, exploring pollination, timing the harvest, disease resistance and more in this interactive workshop. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a list of fruit trees that will thrive in their unique conditions.