Grafting Fruit Trees — Leave with a Tree:
Workshop for Beginners
Sunday, April 28, 2019, Noon to 2pm
$30 includes a beverage and a new tree
With grafting, you can duplicate your favorite fruit tree growing on your own land or a nearby site. This workshop will cover the basics of dormant bench grafting. We’ll discuss the basics of rootstocks including choosing the best rootstock for your site and for your management plan. We’ll also discuss the basics of scions including ordering scions and cutting your own scions. We will discuss grafting materials, basic grafting cuts and wrapping, and post-graft handling of trees. Then we will practice making grafting cuts and wrapping our grafting union. Rootstock and apple and pear scions will be provided. Workshop participants will take home a newly-grafted baby tree. Materials to make more trees can be purchased for an additional nominal fee. (If you wish to bring your own scion, please contact email@example.com to confirm dimensions/methods.)
Workshop leader: Shannon Brines grew up in SE Michigan on a small diversified farm that included an orchard. He officially established Brines Farm in 2004. With ever expanding interests in biodiversity, agroecology, and perennials, Brines Farm expanded the land it stewards to include an 80 acre site in Washtenaw County where tens of thousands of trees and perennial plants have been planted since 2012. In the last few years, Shannon has grafted hundreds of orchard fruit trees, including over 150 apple varieties, that have been planted in nurseries in Washtenaw and Grand Traverse counties. Shannon has led numerous grafting workshops, including workshops for: a Michigan-Ontario biodiversity project, K-12 schools, the Local Food Summit, and the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference.