Vermont's Permaculture Institute

Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange

Hi Friends!

A reminder our 7th ANNUAL Grafting Workshop and Scionwood exchange is April 7! 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. We’ll also learn how to ‘guerrilla graft’ and ‘top work’ existing trees.


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 (such as multiple varieties with only one tree in the ground). 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, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on 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:

Due to the popularity of this event, you must PRE REGISTER HERE:
This will ensure you get parking directions and other details.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal (, Facebook Messenger 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.

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.

Thank you,
Keith and Family
(802) 734-1129

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT

REGISTER NOW for our 10th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course: July 16 – July 28, 2017 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 college credits through the University of Vermont.

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Keith Morris will present an introduction to Permaculture as a part of the gardening series at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield, VT at 11 am (122 School St. #2, Marshfield, VT)

The event is free and open to the public- we will introduce the design process, tree crops for Vermont Yards and Farms, and respond to group questions and interest.

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