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Grafting Fruit Trees- Beyond the Bench
Learn to graft fruit trees and bring home your own grafted apple and plum trees at this hands-on workshop event. We will start off with a quick overview of theory, tools, and techniques indoors, practice the whip and tongue graft and make the trees participants will get to take home. A great selection of proven varieties will be available to choose from. After lunch, we will explore the living laboratory of Sy's Trees, see grafted examples ranging in age from 1 to over 100 years old, multi-grafted 'frankentrees', and witness the creation of a plum tree with 3 varieties grafted onto it. Top-working to graft over an existing tree will be discussed and demonstrated. Depending on participants' interests, advanced topics such as bridge grafting, in-arch grafting, bark inversion can also be added to the mix. Please bring outdoor appropriate clothing and footwear, pruning shears and grafting knife if possessed(but not necessary), lunch. Beverages will be provided. About the instructor- Jesse Stevens has been growing and grafting fruit trees for his own orchard and as part of the FedcoTrees growers cooperative since 2011. Last year apple, mulberry, elderberry and kiwi were grown for catalog sales. A veteran of several commercial orchards, now focused on the uniquely diverse orchard and nursery of Sy's Trees.

Sy's Trees

338 Bridgton Rd · Sweden, ME


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A place where people can network ,share ideas,gain skill sets and build community. Throughout Western Maine there are organizations and communities focusing on solutions for environmental, economic or social change. This meetup offers local potlucks, garden tours, workshops/skill shares, discussion groups and a place to share and find resources .

Permaculture is a holistic approach to creating solutions for resilient and economically just social systems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of 'natural' systems.

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