Vermont's Permaculture Institute
Grafting Workshop and Free Community Design Workshop
It’s really starting to feel like SPRING!
Please Join our
5th ANNUAL Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange!
At Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT
April 2 10am – 4pm 2016
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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 practice bench-grafting apples, pears, plums, and other stone fruits.
Everyone will have the opportunity to graft their own trees to take home!
After lunch, we’ll go out and tour grafted and ‘multi-grafted’ fruit trees (including peaches grafted onto plums) 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 also 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 debt-free natural buildings. 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 or pear variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock.
$80 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit trees to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.
Visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/468266296716690/
Due to the popularity of this event, you must PRE REGISTER HERE. There is a possibility of another event later in April, please send an email to express your interest.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal (Keith@ProspectRock.org), Facebook Messenger (easiest), or sending a check to:
‘Prospect Rock Permaculture’
P.O. Box 426
Jeffersonville, VT 05464
We must get your email address from you, as the weather will determine where we park cars. and we will also send you some information about how to best collect scion wood if you want to propagate some favorite fruit trees.
The workshop will be taught by:
Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and as been the farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for 15 years. He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse off-grid homestead.
Nicko Rubin is the owner of East Hill Tree Farm, where he has been growing and propagating hardy fruits and nuts in the foothills of the Groton Mountains. He completed the master’s program for sustainable landscape design at the Conway School.
Dave Johnson is a timber framer with a passion for fruit trees. His competence with sharp tools and wood translate readily into many successful grafts and a legacy of multi-grafted old wild apples throughout the hills of Vermont.
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.
Willow Crossing Farm
REGISTER NOW for our 9th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course: July 17 – July 29, 2016 Farm and Nature Immersion! World Class Ecological Design Education and Portfolio Development for new and experienced practioners. Full scholarships for income eligible Vermonters. Available for up to 5 credits through the University of Vermont.
Our Fruit, Nut, Berry, Vine, and Medicinal Plant Sale pre-orders are open now! Plant pick ups begin April 23 and continue through May 22.
FREE INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN PROCESS!
Presented by the Northeast Kingdom Permaculture Group and Peace of Earth Farm
March 21. 7 pm Greensboro Free Library 53 Wilson St.
Permaculture’- or ‘permanent agriculture’- is a holistic design system making human landscapes more connected, productive, and ecologically regenerative. While practiced at scales varying from balconies to broad regions- its origins are in its application to small farms, homesteads, and land-based, community-oriented, micro-enterpirses. Join with grower, builder, and professional farm designer Keith Morris to explore how permaculture design can be used by anyone in the community to better cooperate with the ecosystems and communities they depend on to be more preductive and resilient. We’ll introduce a process for thorough site analysis and long-term (even intergenerational) site design and planning, and explore some specific techniques and scale neutrals systems.
NOT JUST FOR PROPERTY OWNERS- But you will learn simple techniques for making maps and doing thorough site analysis for your property- whether small yard or large acreage.