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How do I establish an orchard without a huge expense?

The answer to that is: grafting. How do you learn to graft? By taking this workshop, that's how! You'll get to learn from Steve Hamblin's decades of fruit tree experience and visit Perennial Roots Farm. Once you've learned how to graft, you can replicate your favorite apple trees indefinitely -- hundreds from a single tree and at a fraction of the cost of buying the same from a nursery. This is a unique opportunity. Permaculturists, backyard orchardists, and organic farmers alike will benefit from this workshop.

Grafting is key to preserving our endangered apple heritage. 150 years ago there was at least one designated grafting expert in almost every extended family that lived off the land. Learn to graft and you can grow a thousand apple varieties.

How many people will be able to attend? 

Due to the detailed and intimate nature of this workshop, the class will be limited to ten (10) visitors. Be sure to commit early. The cutoff date is September 30th for this workshop! There may be more grafting workshops in the future, so if you can't make it to this one, take heart. This workshop is in the order of: go and do likewise! Each one teach one.

What about food?

This event is a POTLUCK but is the main dish is CATERED. So just bring a SIDE DISH and GOOD APPETITE!

Nice. And you said this is a hands-on workshop -- do I need to bring anything for that? 

This is a REAL WORLD FARM EVENT. Bring muck boots, gloves, hat, water bottle, and farm clothes!!! Don't mind getting a bit dirty. It's good work, but it's still farm work!

Important!!! You bring: sharp hand prunersthick leather glovefor non-dominant hand. (no one wants to get hurt!) Nice but not mandatory: hammer, hunting knife, very sharp small knife or box cutter with new blade if you have one. If you have a grafting knife (sharpened on one side only) please bring it. fVictorinox makes good ones for $17:


  • 100 Tree Myths by Alex Shigo ($14 value)
  • Three (3) different bench-grafted heirloom apple trees on M111 standard rootstock (!!)
  • The skill to do whip and tongue & cleft grafts (invaluable)
  • Catered lunch (approx. $7 value)

All participants will get to take home:

  • Three (3) heirloom apple trees
  • the new skill of grafting fruit trees in three (3) different ways


  • Registration: 9:45am
  • Farm Tour: 10am - 10:45am
  • Grafting: 10:45am - 1pm
  • Lunch: 1pm - 2pm
  • Biodynamic Tree Paste: 2pm - until complete


What can I bring into the event?

Work boots, water bottle, hat, work gloves. For lunch, a side dish that does not require re-heating. Important: please bring your own sharp hand prunersthick leather glove for non-dominant hand. (no one wants to get hurt!) Also consider bringing your own: hammer, hunting knife, very sharp small knife or box cutter with new blade if you have one.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email for questions.

Register here:


Event Details
Community Event
Fri, 03/16/2018 -
9:00am to 3:00pm