Susan Futrell works for Red Tomato, a New-England-based non-profit that does marketing for a network of family-owned fruit and vegetable farms. She lives and writes from her home in Iowa.
Written by Susan Futrell | December 01, 2008
Pruning in winter is about learning to see what you can’t see. Buds still dormant. Leaves and branches yet to appear. Angles of sun and shadow that change daily. Invisible apples. On a piercing blue-sky day last February, I followed Zeke Goodband, master orchardist at historic Scott Farm in Dummerston, as he walked among the apple trees that arched over the rolling hills of the orchard. I’ve asked him to teach me about pruning.