The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, in cooperation with the Belfast Co-op and Belfast Free Library, will hold a three-part series of workshops on organic food production.

The series, scheduled monthly beginning in February, will focus on three topics: organic fruit tree management, tips for extending the growing season and growing vegetables organically. The series will be taught by MOFGA’s Organic Orchardist CJ Walke, and all of the workshops will be held in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, starting at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, CJ will present different organic orcharding techniques to help grow apples, pears, plums and peaches, focusing on soil requirements and methods of tracking and trapping out different fruit pests. He will discuss no-spray pest management approaches, and will explain how various materials help boost the health of fruit trees. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers.

On Tuesday, March 20, CJ will present an hour-long presentation on season extension. In this workshop he will cover techniques to help extend the growing season in gardens to increase vegetable production for home use. The presentation will include ways to get an early start on the season, as well as extending the fall harvest to maximize garden yields.

The final workshop in the series will take place on Tuesday, April 10. The topic, “Grow Your Own Organic Garden” is part of a state-wide program put on by MOFGA.

Concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term “certified organic” means? Interested in learning how to grow vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening long workshop on how to grow your own garden.

We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

All workshops are free and open to the public and will be held from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext.10.