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Workshop: Fruit Tree Grafting + 10 Tree "Take Home"

Back by popular demand!  This is a repeat of a very successful event we've held for several years, a local version of the popular MOFGA grafting workshops...Learn (or practice!) fruit tree grafting AND take home ten heirloom fruit trees from your efforts during the workshop!!! (And compared to the cost of buying 10 trees, this is a sweet deal!)

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries and Bennett Verbeck of Whiffletree Nursery will explain why to graft and demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue and T-Bud grafting of new trees as well as Top-working (outdoors) of established trees.

This class is hands-on and participants will graft stock to take home and plant. Care for seedlings will be discussed.  Please bring a sharp grafting knife*, a potluck lunch dish to share (and your potluck kit) and clothes that can get a bit dirty.  Course will run from 10-4 pm. Coffee/tea/water will be provided throughout the day!

This event sells out every time we offer it.  Space is limited to 20 people to ensure one-to-one coaching with the grafting knife.

Fee includes all supplies including rootstocks, scionwood, grafting tape, treekote, labels, sharpies, handouts, rags, etc. *Grafting knives will be available for sale ($20-25 range) if you do not have one of your own. Handouts provided.

Jennifer and Bennett live on a small farm in Brooks, Maine. They make a living at their Whiffletree Nursery for which they graft trees and propagate fruiting shrubs and ornamentals. They grow their own food and meat and use a draft horse for farm work. Bennett began grafting over 20 years ago and made his living exclusively from nursery work and homesteading for many years. Jen began grafting about six years ago. Besides homesteading and growing trees, Jen works for Fedco Trees and guides wilderness trips.

Comments from the last time we ran this class:

It was a great time, very informative and there were plenty of supplies for everyone plus extra for take home use. There were over 20 varieties of apple trees, plus pear and plum trees as well.

I learned alot in such a short amount of time... I even planted the trees I grafted @ the workshop today!!! This was a very important workshop for me to attend and will pay off for years to come.

This was a great workshop. Instructor Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery delivered thoughtful, informative and practical information. I learned a great deal and am very excited to have had Jennifer launch me in pursuit of this new skill. And meeting new, supportive, people is always welcome and wonderful!

Learned a ton, brought 10 'handmade' trees home, had a great time with the other folks who attended, and enjoyed a sunny day under a grape arbor.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the nation's largest and oldest organics association.  If you're not already a member, join today!


This is a family-friendly event with kid space available.

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  • Shawn M.

    Has anyone else had some of their grafts take really late? I had 2 cortlands that only showed growth below the graft (I was letting them go so I could regraft) and all of a sudden this week I have growth above the graft!?! So far, I have Calville Blanc, Pomme D' Or, Honeycrisp, E Spitzenburg, King of Tompkins Cty, spice sweet and now 2 Cortland. that leaves just 2 that are only rootstock. How did everyone else do?

    2 · June 22, 2014

    • Rachel L.

      That's awesome! I will check. Good news!

      June 22, 2014

    • Mischa

      Hi Shawn! That's super exciting about your Cortlands! All of my grafts took! Once it got warm enough outside (mid May) we put each graft into a 5 gallon bucket (with holes in the bottom) and they have all leafed out! The Northern Spy was the slowest to come out. I did notice on Friday, though, that several have aphids at the growing tip and I'm figuring out what (natural!) concoction I can spray on them. This is an Observe and Interact year for us, so we're going to wait until fall or next spring to decide where to plant so they'll get enough sun to be happy and bear fruit.

      June 23, 2014

  • Eva H.

    I see buds! It seems like magic to end up with a tree and not just two sticks taped together :)

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Amy Beth L.

    Wonderful class. Thank you very much :-)

    March 24, 2014

  • Eva H.

    Wow! This was a great workshop! Thank you so much Jennifer and Bennett for teaching us how to graft and sharing your heirloom scion wood. Very little blood involved.

    2 · March 23, 2014

    • Shawn M.

      It was so much fun and so educational. I am already planning to order 10 more rootstock. It was great to meet you all!

      2 · March 23, 2014

  • Jeff L.

    Sorry for the late cancel. But I've finally come down with my girlfriend's cold. Feeling pretty horrible and figure it's best not to try muddling through the day and risk getting folks sick and myself sicker. Have fun!

    March 23, 2014

  • Louise W.

    I apologize that at this late date I must cancel; calving has started (early this year), and 2 are not doing well. Chores are lengthy and cheese making has started; today I went from 3 hours of AM chores to 6 hours of making feta, back to 2 hours of PM chores. The outcome is a vicious migraine and the realization that I just have to find a relief valve; hence giving up on the workshop. I hope someone else can go in my place.
    Peace out..lw

    March 22, 2014

  • Mary

    Would love to know as well...I'm also left handed.

    January 17, 2014

  • Shawn M.

    I am left handed. Will you have grafting knives for lefties?

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Mary

    I'd like to come, and considering bringing Ian (almost 8). What's the best way to RSVP for him?

    December 3, 2013

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