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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS — Rain or Shine
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.