Sunday March 21, 2020: ZOOM Grafting Clinic

Although we had planned to enjoy a nice time together at Ettamarie Parson’s place in Petaluma, a certain virus had other plans for our event. Thanks to the efforts (and courage) of David Ulmer, we gathered together on Zoom for the first time.

David hosted a live online grafting tutorial by Zoom. David made two short videos of me doing a cleft graft and a whip and tongue graft that he shared with a live voice-over. We had pelnty of time for questions and answers.

March 8, 2020: Fruit Tree Grafting and Potting Party

CRFG grafters and helpers turned out in force for our annual grafting “party”. This
year we congregated at Maile Pieri’s home. We grafted between 125 and 200 trees. Bob McCarville sourced good compost to add to our potting mixture — hopefully we’ll have great plant growth this year!

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January 25, 2020: Annual Scion Exchange

We held our annual scion exchange at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s center. Hundreds of people attended this community event, collecting free scions from hundreds of varieties of fruit trees. Rootstocks were available for sale at a nominal price, and CRFG grafters were on hand to create custom- fruit trees on the spot.

More than a dozen vendors offered fruit trees, grape vines and other plants for sale as well as fresh citrus fruit and other items. Local businesses and non-profits provided information tables as well.

We continued our raffle this year with a number of fruit-related prizes raising money for our scholarship and grants fund.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put this event together.

 

March 17, 2019: Grafting Clinic

CRFG held its annual grafting clinic geared for beginners and those that would like to improve their technique with hands-on guidance & support. This year’s clinic was held at the beautiful home and gardens of member Dr. Allan Bernstein.

This clinic offered a brief lecture about grafting, with demonstrations of two grafting techniques done at this time of year.  Following that, we broke out with experienced grafters for some individual tutoring & practice.  Participants were able to see that many grafters vary slightly in their techniques & materials.

WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING PDF TUTORIAL: https://ucanr.edu/sites/camg2011/files/101893.pdf

It was written by the late Chuck Ingels and is a valuable resource.  There are a few names in the fruit growing field that everyone respects – Chuck was one of those.  We discussed three of the grafts that Chuck demonstrates:  Whip ( also called whip and tongue), Cleft, and Chip bud.  T-budding and Bark grafting require that the bark be slipping.  We are not far from that time, but for now we will not do those grafts.

Various rootstocks were available for purchase.  Participants were also encouraged to bring any dormant scions they wanted to graft. We shared various snacks and beverages.

Thanks to everybody who helped make this event possible, especially Allan Bernstein for hosting,  David Ulmer for the wise demonstrations and Keith Borglum for photos and behind the scenes work.

March 10, 2019: Fruit Tree Grafting and Potting Party

We held our annual fruit tree grafting and potting party in the barn at the impressive orchard and gardens of member Keith Borglum.

A couple dozen members rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to create over 200 fruit trees to be sold at our summer fruit tree sale and fund raiser. All of our profits from this event go to fruit-related scholarships and worthy causes.

Experiences grafters grafted heirloom scions to rootstocks, and other members pitched in potting the new trees and otherwise helping out.

A successful group effort resulted in over 200 rootstocks grafted for sale at our summer event. Trees created include heirloom apples, pears, peaches and plums. Thanks to Keith Borglum for hosting, TLC for the potted trees, and pictures; thanks to David Ulmer for sourcing the rootstocks, Bob McCarville for transportation and to all who grafted, potted, and otherwise contributed to this great team effort.

At this members-only event, attendees were also able to tour the 240-variety orchard and get great information from one of the masters including a variety of planting, pruning, greenhouse, irrigation, espalier & grafting techniques.

[Photos by Keith Borglum]:
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January 26, 2019: Scion Exchange

We held our annual scion exchange at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s center. Hundreds of people attended this community event, collecting free scions from hundreds of varieties of fruit trees. Rootstocks were available for sale at a nominal price, and CRFG grafters were on hand to create custom- fruit trees on the spot.

Among the rootstocks offered this year were:

  • Apple: MM111, Bud 9 dwarf
  • Plum: Myrobalan – for Apricots, Pluots, Plums and Almonds
  • Peach: Lovell – for Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums, Pluots  and Almonds
  • Pear: Calleryana, Old Home x Farmingdale
  • Cherry: Mahaleb, Maxma 14

More than a dozen vendors offered fruit trees, grape vines and other plants for sale as well as fresh citrus fruit and other items. Local businesses and non-profits provided information tables as well.

We continued our raffle this year with a number of fruit-related prizes raising money for our scholarship and grants fund.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put this event together.

[First Gallery Photos by Christine C.]:
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[Second Gallery Photos by Keith Borglum]:
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March 18, 2018: Fruit Tree Grafting Party

A successful group effort resulted in over 200 rootstocks grafted for sale at our summer event. Trees created include heirloom apples, pears, peaches and plums. Thanks to Keith Borglum for hosting, TLC for the potted trees, and pictures; thanks to David Ulmer for getting the rootstocks, and to all who grafted and potted.  Also to Rachel for identifying the Brassica oculopunctorius weed.

February 13, 2018: Sonoma County Seed Swap

CRFG Redwood again had an exhibit at the Sonoma County Seed Swap sponsored by the West County Seed Bank, OAEC, Daily Acts, Permaculture Skills Center and the Sebastopol Grange. CRFGR members donated scions which were gobbled up by attendees, and participated in many interesting discussions.