Winter Abundance Workshop 2018: Grafting Workshops and Seed and Scion Exchange

Mendocino Permaculture’s 35th Annual

Winter Abundance Workshop

Saturday February 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Fairgrounds in Boonville

Seed, Scion & Cutting Exchange with Hands-on Fruit Tree Grafting

Free classes all day on tree & vine propagation; how to save seeds and grow your own food and herbs. You can purchase fruit tree rootstocks cheaply here and then graft your own trees from our free scions. Come spend the day learning from green thumbs who understand the unique climate zones and soils of our bioregion. You can purchase an inexpensive organic lunch, snacks, and beverages at the event. Learn grafting skills; try out and purchase a grafting knife, or bring your own. Please bring cuttings, scions, pruners, tape and marker, plus plants and extra pots to give away.

Bring your love of plants, and enjoy our free, daylong celebration of Abundance.

Stribling’s White Free Nectarine, a proven gem for our inland climate for 30 years, ripens in July, and has outperformed all other stone fruit varieties. It dependably grows right through the Spring peach leaf curl and makes luscious, white fleshed, freestone nectarines for fresh eating and easy drying. No longer sold by nurseries, only known by collectors now. Must be grafted. Scions will be available.


9:00 – 4:00 Open exchange – Scions, seeds, cuttings, herbs & selection advice.

9:30 – 10:30 Class – Mark Albert: Scionology – Making Your Own Trees
& Vines from scions, cuttings & seeds. Basics of
scion selection, grafting & budding and rootstocks. ***Very helpful to take this class before attending a clinic.

10:30 -12:00 Darshan Mayginnes: Seriously Nuts – How to Start your Orchard of the best Black Walnuts, Pecans and Hickories that can be grown in Mendocino County.

10:30 – 2:00 Hands-on Grafting clinics—local grafters share their techniques! Try out our knives on real wood or bring your own grafting knife to get a tune-up. Sign up at the registration table, space is limited. 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch for sale: Salsitas’ Homemade Organic Lunch.

1:00 – 2:15 Class – Linda MacElwee -Seed Saving Basics by our local Seed Savers Group

2:15 – 3:30 Class – Patrick Schafer: Advanced Grafting, Budding &
Topworking: How-to Techniques & Strategies


Donna D’Terra and the Mendocino County Herb Guild will have a table with herb seeds and information.

Seed Exchange: Seeds from local growers with local seed savers on hand. Bring your own saved and labeled seeds to share. Glass jars are good. We supply free seed envelopes. The five branches for the Mendocino County library/Seed Libraries in Ukiah, Willits, Covelo, Ft. Bragg and Point Arena will be tabling near the seed exchange area. They will have free seeds, gardening books, and seed saving information available, as well as information on the Mendocino County Seed Libraries.

Scion Exchange: Free scions will be available all day, with local experts on hand. Please bring labeled scions of your favorite fruit trees – especially the gems that are proven here. New varieties and your own seedlings are also welcome. If the varietal name is unknown, just label with your name, phone, brief description. Best scions are cut from the lower portion of the longest, straightest new shoots. Cut scions 8-12” long and zip-bag them. Cuttings for rooting should be 12-18” long and bundled. Store them damp and cold on the north side of a building, or refrigerate. Cut dormant scions on nice January days rather than waiting until the last moment in this unpredictable season. Our dormancy period is short, so picking scions early is best, especially the Prunus. We have free bags and labels.

Scionology Class: The first class is basic but dense, focused on: When and how to cut, store, and label a scion or a cutting to root. How to assess scions on the scion tables. Which plants are easiest by which method. How to make a simple cutting box with bottom heat, and a seed germination box. Which cultivars are best in our climate zone. Why different grafts are better for different seasons and situations. The reasons and methods of the different rootstocks. Previously manager of an avocado & citrus tree nursery in Santa Barbara County, Mark packs 40 years of propagation tricks into a 1-hour class.

Advanced Grafting: Patrick’s class in the afternoon focuses on techniques and strategies for specific plants, how to top work trees to other varieties, summer chip budding, and especially answers to your individual questions. Patrick is a nurseryman, selling hardy palms, loquat, feijoa, and native persimmon, an expert on all local fruit.

Grafting Hands-on Clinics throughout the day: Our popular hands-on class format to help you learn to graft and build your confidence with the knife in your hand. If you are a beginner at grafting, we suggest you take the Scionology crash course first to hear the basic concepts and terminology. The clinics are small groups, so please sign up at the registration table to assure a seat.  All who want to know will get help. We have different kinds of grafting knives for you to try out and purchase after the last clinic. The grafting clinics focus on basic techniques and the feel of the knives. Each of the volunteer clinic teachers may have their own unique style. There are many ways to successfully graft. Let Barbara know if you want to share your knowledge of grafting, and teach one of these short classes at a specific time slot. Bring your own knife for us to assess for you.

Grafting Clinic Schedule: We plan on having 2 clinics running simultaneously at each time slot. Please make sure to sign up at registration.





Seriously Nuts Class: Darshan is now growing the best native hardshell nut cultivars (Eastern Black Walnuts and the Pecan-Hickory clan). This is probably the most important class we’ve ever presented, by the man who loves trees. Raising the best nut trees is a many year process, of course, starting with planting the right nuts for rootstock to graft in 2-3 years. Darshan lays out the path for us, covering seed planting, grafting, the best cultivars, harvesting, processing, and storing. This vital information has been a long time coming!

Seed Saving Class: Linda MacElwee and friends share the basics and their tricks to growing to save seeds from your favorite flower and vegetable varieties.

Rootstock sales: We sell over 500 tree rootstocks of major fruit types, for a few dollars each. We try to choose the best rootstocks for our climate and soil. Some years there are specific rootstock scarcities, due to crop failures, disease and weather. We’ll have no pear stocks this year, like the last 2 years, but we’ll give out fresh Callery pear rootstock seed to start your own pear rootstocks. This may be the only long term solution to the pear rootstock problem. This is also the only solution to getting certain trees that are not allowed to be imported into California at all, such as Native Persimmons (due to Persimmon Root Borer).

Plant share: Everyone is welcome to use our venue to give away or swap plants. Due to Sudden Oak Death and other root pathogens, please minimize the attached native soil. Try to use soilless potting mixes if possible, or bring plants bare root, gently washing native soil off dormant plants. Moist pine wood shavings (sold in bags as animal bedding) are best for packing roots and scions. Wet newspaper also works short term.

Trees & plants & seeds for sale by local tree and seed companies. All are invited to come and sell. No charge to vendors.

Food sales by local people: The Salsitas sell an inexpensive organic Mexican lunch, and the 6th grade science class sells hot and cold beverages and snacks.

BYO: Please bring your own plates, cups and utensils to reduce our carbon footprint. Read more about it here.

Boonville Winter Farmers’ Market will be set up for sales next to us.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Anderson Valley Adult School and Anderson Valley Foodshed with a lot of help from the Master Gardener program of U.C. Cooperative Extension.

This is a free public service event conceived by Mendocino Permaculture. It has grown and evolved over 35 years, with much help from our friends. Our costs are funded by rootstock sales and donations. There is no charge for admission, classes, seeds, cuttings, or scion wood.

We appreciate volunteers for several aspects of the event. The Master Gardeners have joined our effort in recent years, and that has been great! The Anderson Valley Foodshed has embraced us. Call Barbara to see what more is needed. Feel free to pass on our email flyer to friends and to e-bulletin boards. Our postcard flyer is also designed to post on old-fashioned bulletin boards. Grafters are welcome to show us how they make their grafts, whether in a clinic, or find a chair and just do it as a spontaneous class. Same for the scions – you don’t have to use our tables. Everyone’s local knowledge is helpful at the scion tables. This event above all is an exchange of the knowledge and love of plants.

About the Boonville Fairgrounds venue: Classes will be in the dining hall. Scion and seed tables will be in the large Library/Arts and Crafts Building. Rootstock sales, tree sales and plant exchange will be under the vast eaves overhanging the library building. We are using only the front parking lot and street parking on Hwy 128 near the fairground entrance. Vehicles that arrive before 9 am will be allowed into the grounds to drop off plant material. The AV Community Library is will not be open that Saturday. This is a rain or shine event – we have a vast indoor space and roof cover for all of us to be sheltered should the weather be rainy. Don’t let the weather stop you from coming to this once-a-year event!

Please do not bring your dog inside the Fairgrounds; it is a Fairgrounds rule.

For more information please call Barbara/Rob at (707) 895-3897, Richard 459-5926, or Mark at 463-8672.

See you there!

Mendocino Permaculture
Dedicated to the Knowledge of Local Homegrown Abundance