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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop- March 16

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Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation:

March 16, 2014  10 am – 4 pm

Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT
Join us for a day of hands-on fruit tree grafting. We’ll begin the day in the classroom understanding the science of grafting, and bench-grafting apples, plums, and other stone fruits. After a farm-sourced lunch, we’ll go out and ‘top work’ multiple varieties onto pears, apples, plums, and other stone fruit. We’ll discuss some pruning basics, different grafting strategies for ‘fruit salad trees’, healing damaged trees, reworking new varieties, revitalizing old orchards, enhancing cross-pollination, and space considerations.  We’ll look at and evaluate both successful and failed past grafts.
We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and regenerative DIY farm infrastructure.We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.Each attendant will leave with an apple variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock.$25-100 sliding scale includes light lunch, cider, and your own grafted fruit tree to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds.Details about a St. Patricks Day dinner, drinks, and live traditional music to follow the event are HERE.

We’ll also be offering this event again in April.Please RSVP here or register at:www.prospectrock.org
Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and as been the farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for more than a decade.  He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse off-grid homestead.

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants since 1996, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont.  He’s slowly built his family’s farm debt-free with sweat-equity and has contributed to creating resilient and diverse food systems on 5 continents.

Here are some guidelines if you are doing any scionwood collection:

If you know of any especially good apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, hardy almonds, apricots, or other stone fruit- please feel free to bring some scionwood to share and/ or propagate more of them. To collect good scion wood for grafting, use the healthiest, most robust wood you can find. It should be growth from the previous year with healthy flat buds (preferably no spurs) that is around 1/4″ in diameter. Most times this wood is 12″-18″ long and contains 6-12 buds. Try to collect on a dry day with temps near or above freezing. If possible, collect from the top or vigorous outside branches so as to get the strongest buds. Do not collect from the base of the tree or suckers from the ground as they are likely rootstock and will not produce the desired variety. Bundle the sticks and wrap the cut ends in a damp paper towel. Then wrap in a plastic bag and keep in the refridgerator or a very cold root cellar (around 32 degrees F). The freezer is too cold. Label the bundle clearly with the variety name and any other pertinent information (duct tape w/ sharpie marker is good) If you do not know the name of a favorite apple or fruit tree, label it ‘unknown’ and include a brief description and location collected. Only use clean sharp pruners and sterilize them with a swipe of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

There will be plenty of scionwood to go around if you do not collect any.

Thank you,
Keith
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23 responses to “Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop- March 16

  1. Chris Venegas March 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I’d love to RSVP! Sounds like a great workshop.
    My Info:
    Chris Venegas
    PO Box 135, Island Pond, VT 05846

    thanks!

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    • Keith March 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Hi Chris-

      Great.
      Here are some guidelines if you are doing any scionwood collection:

      If you know of any especially good apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, hardy almonds, apricots, or other stone fruit- please feel free to bring some scionwood to share and/ or propagate more of them. To collect good scion wood for grafting, use the healthiest, most robust wood you can find. It should be growth from the previous year with healthy flat buds (preferably no spurs) that is around 1/4″ in diameter. Most times this wood is 12″-18″ long and contains 6-12 buds. Try to collect on a dry day with temps near or above freezing. If possible, collect from the top or vigorous outside branches so as to get the strongest buds. Do not collect from the base of the tree or suckers from the ground as they are likely rootstock and will not produce the desired variety. Bundle the sticks and wrap the cut ends in a damp paper towel. Then wrap in a plastic bag and keep in the refridgerator or a very cold root cellar (around 32 degrees F). The freezer is too cold. Label the bundle clearly with the variety name and any other pertinent information (duct tape w/ sharpie marker is good) If you do not know the name of a favorite apple or fruit tree, label it ‘unknown’ and include a brief description and location collected. Only use clean sharp pruners and sterilize them with a swipe of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. There will be plenty of scionwood to go around if you do collect any.

      Look forward to meeting you. I’ll be sending out directions and some more information closer to the event.

      Best,
      Keith

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    • Gary Clark March 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      I would like to participate in the workshop, thanks; let me know what else I need to know.

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  2. Craig Rigby March 6, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I’ll be attending as well Keith!

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  3. Edmund March 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I also would like to attend. Sounds like a fun filled day.

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  4. Jen March 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Keith,
    Eric and I would like to attend–looking forward to it!
    Jen

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  5. Greg Stump March 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I’ll be attending as well. Thanks!

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  6. Matthew King March 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am interested in fruit trees and would like to attend.

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  7. Craig Fortier March 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I am interested in attending but am wondering about the sliding cost scale. Please let me know about that and what else I need to bring. Thanks!

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    • Keith March 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Hi Craig-
      Thanks for asking.
      Sliding scale means you pay based on what you can afford. $100 is the ‘cost’ of the workshop, whereas $20 is an absolute minimum to cover lunch and trees for participants. All proceeds support our guest presenters, and the development of permaculture research and education at a sweat-equity funded family farm.

      The only thing you need to bring is a curious mind, and willingness to experiment! If you have sharp pruners and would like to take notes, those might be good to bring. Bring a sleeping bag and pad and/ or tent if you think you’ll be indulging in the local beer afterwards.

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      • Craig Fortier March 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        Sounds great – I’ll be there. Can’t wait to get my hands dirty

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      • Keith March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        Hi Craig,

        Great. Will you be staying for dinner/ music?

        Where are you coming from?

        I’ll be sending an email with specific directions and where to park on Friday night (as we’ll wait to see how dry the road will be).

        Thanks,
        Keith

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      • Craig Fortier March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        I’ll be coming from Williston – I’ll be coming up Saturday morning. I won’t be able to stay for dinner afterwards – I have a friend having a party in the evening

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      • Keith March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        Great- thank you. Looking forward to meeting you.

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      • hans mayer March 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        hey keith, my girlfriend is coming also. we will only have time for the workshop this time round…
        see ya soon

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      • Keith March 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        great. Thank you

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      • Craig Fortier March 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

        I wasn’t sure if you emailed the directions yet – or address – just checking to make sure I didn’t miss it
        look forward to meeting you tomorrow

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  8. hans mayer March 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    hey keith,
    i am planing on joining you guys… look forward to it!
    i am for sure RSVP’ing and my partner may join as well…
    i will bring some scionwood up with me – – see you soon!

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    • Keith March 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hi Hans-

      Thanks for letting us know. Are you planning to stay for the dinner, or just the workshop?

      Also, if you can confirm when you know about your partner, that would be great. Thanks! Look forward to meeting you.

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  9. Becky Gloss March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Keith,

    I just saw this event on the Burlington Permaculture newsletter… is there still space?
    I just moved to Craftsbury so I am close by. I would love to join—and for the festivities/dinner afterwards. I do not have any access to scionwood but I could contribute a curious mind!
    Hope to see you Saturday

    Becky Gloss

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  10. thomas gillespie, 15 magnolia terrace albany, ny 12209 March 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Keith. Two more budding orchardists coming from Albany, NY. I left a voice mail to that effect earlier in the week. No scion wood and no dinner for us thank you, though it sounds like fun! This will be a one day round trip for us. Thanks, Tom G.

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  11. Alex&Ella March 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Hi Keith,

    We exchanged a few emails re PDC – and I wrote that we would like come to workshop – i just don’t know if I send it before or after your update here that it’s full…

    Could you please let me know if we’re on the list for tomorrow 🙂

    Thanks, Aleks

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