William McCaffrey of Spring Rain Farm in Taunton, MA, will teach each of us how to perform whip-and-tongue grafts, joining scion of several desirable apple varieties onto dwarfing rootstock -- well suited for planting in smaller spaces. You will leave with ready-to-plant trees that you grafted during the class.
We will also learn about, and practice, chip budding (also known as shield budding), and wedge grafts. Along the way, William will share his knowledge of stone (the peach/nectarine group) and pome (pears, apples, and the like) fruit trees, their evolution and agricultural histories, similarities and differences between varieties, how to plant your trees, and how to keep your trees healthy once planted (light, water, nutrients).
A few of us are hoping to spin-off a Boston chapter of www.GuerrillaGrafters.org from this class. Give me a call if you can't attend the 4/23 class but are interested.
The workshop will be held at The Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, from 1:00 - 4:30pm on Sunday, April 23.
This is a ticketed event ($25), and you can register here; http://grafting-2017.bpt.me/ The cost includes scion, rootstock, and the use of grafting tools.
Questions; please feel free to call Bill at Agricultural Hall; 617-388-7378.