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Saturday Morning Gardens and Grafting with a Food Forest Freak: John Valenzuela

  • Mar 2, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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We'll be hosting a "Saturday Morning Gardens and Grafting with a Food Forest Freak" tour tomorrow, March 2nd, starting at 8am.

First, we'll be visiting the Fullerton Arboretum for a walking tour of the grounds, with a special focus on fruit tree varieties for Southern California.  Then we'll head back to downtown Long Beach for a fruit tree grafting demo led by JV in a backyard food forest-to-be.

Leaving Long Beach around 8am, finished with grafting demo by about 1 or 2pm, possibility for lunch in between. Possibility for you to meet up with us for either part of the tour.

Donations accepted for John sharing his abundance of energy with us.

Contact Ty Teissere for ride share and more information:

More about John:
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John Valenzuela- is a horticulturist, consultant and educator who has returned to live in Northern California after being based in Hawai’i for 15 years. First introduced to the sustainable design theories and methods of permaculture in 1989, John studied and practiced tropical permaculture and taught extensively in the Hawaiian Islands. He has been a lead permaculture design course instructor at the Bullock Family Homestead in Orcas Island, Washington for over 10 years, and also has experience teaching in Costa Rica and now throughout urban and rural California, collaborating with leading permaculture organizations (see the Collaborative Community page on this site) His special interests are rare fruit, home gardening, trees, traditional agriculture, plant propagation, and ethnobotany. He is active in the Golden Gate chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers where he has been the Annual Scion Exchange coordinator for the last two years, and now serves as Chapter Chairperson. He now lives and grows in North Eastern Marin County California,  where he is diversifying a food forest garden with over 150 varieties of fruit on multi-grafted trees, along with a small nursery, while practicing photography, developing educational materials, freelance consulting, team teaching, planting and maintaining gardens. John is known for an engaging enthusiasm that matches his depth of plant knowledge.

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  • John V.

    I really enjoyed spending time with you all and the trees! Thanks to all (especially Ty) for responding with such short notice. I promise more lead time ahead of the next time I am in the LBC. I hope this rare fruit and grafting info and inspiration will be fruitful for you.
    Stay in touch, and keep it juicy!

    March 3, 2013

  • Ty

    The meetup was great! Late notice, I know, but we had John in on a surprise visit so we did what we could. Good turnout (6 people), fun walking through the orchard at the Fullerton Arboretum, and we had an intimate lesson with JV on grafting 101, including grafting a Mutsu apple variety onto our Fuji. I hope to share Mutsu's with y'all from our tree later in the year!

    March 3, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    Bummer, i scheduled something already. :(

    March 1, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Oh, I'm so disappointed to be missing this! Ever since I read _The Botany of Desire_ I've been really interested in knowing more about the process of grafting. But I'm already signed up for a mushroom foray.

    March 1, 2013

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