Graft Your Own Orchard
Grafting fruit trees is a craft that dates to 2000 B.C. and was commonplace among the ancient Greeks. Yet today, precious few gardeners practice grafting in their own orchards. Learn how simple this useful skill really is and use it at home to enlarge your orchard, collect antique varieties, or to give an old tree new life. Students will learn about various methods of grafting and will complete up to three grafted trees to take home with them. Bring your own scion cuttings if you'd like, or the instructor will have several choices on hand from the heritage orchard at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa (cost is included in your materials fee). Grafting your own orchard is one of the most rewarding undertakings a homesteader can do. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in the Grow Your Own Orchard session preceding or following these courses (noon-2pm), which will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully cultivate fruit trees.