Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees
Sunday, April 23, from 1:00 to 4:30
William McCaffrey of Spring Rain Farm in Taunton, MA, will teach each of us how to perform a whip-and-tongue graft, joining scion of desirable apple varieties onto dwarfing rootstock to create your own urban orchard. You will leave with ready-to-plant trees YOU grafted during the class. We will also learn about, and practice, bud grafting. 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). Hoping to spin-off a Boston chapter of www.GuerrillaGrafters.org from this class.
The workshop will be held at
The Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
This is a ticketed event ($25). Register here; http://grafting-2017.bpt.me/
Apples at Agricultural Hall:
From September to January, apples take the stage at Ag Hall. With a cider mill on extended loan from a local community group (Spontaneous Celebrations), anyone with pears or apples are welcome to come over to Ag Hall and press them for cider.
If you plan to ferment your cider once pressed, you can usually find all the supplies you need at Agricultural Hall: gallon jugs, air locks, yeast, honey or sugar,... Before coming over, give me a call (617-388-7378) to make sure I'm in and/or to make sure no one else is using the cider mill.