Learn the art and science of fruit tree grafting! If you attended the California Rare Fruit Growers Scion exchange in January, you know the value of grafting to expand the varieties of fruit available in your backyard orchard. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the “hows” and “whys” of fruit tree grafting. After learning some basic theory about tree culture, techniques and tools, we will head out to the Pollinate orchard and learn to “topwork” an established cherry plum tree. Each student will leave with a premium bareroot fruit tree onto which they can graft scions or buds, along with the knowledge and confidence to make it work. Taught by John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens. Register online.
Upcoming Events At This Venue
March 9, 2014
March 12, 2014
Now, more than ever, every drop of water is precious. Drip irrigation is a practical and responsible way to provide water to our edibles and ornamentals. Do you want an easier way to water your garden, but are intimidated by irrigation systems? Come and learn what all the parts and pieces are from an expert. Participants will work with the parts and put together a simple system for watering vegetable beds. They will also receive a 10% discount on irrigation supplies. Taught by Steve Williams, owner of Stephen Williams Landscaping. Register online.
March 16, 2014
When life gives you lemons, care for them! Lemons abound in the East Bay, but they still require special attention. Learn how to prune, fertilize and diagnose your backyard citrus in this hands-on workshop. In addition to pruning essentials, we will discuss common maintenance issues and organic disease management. Please bring gloves and hand pruners if available. Register online.
March 19, 2014
The quality of garden tools is highly variable, and construction methods determine the price point. But price does not always reflect quality! Gardening is manual labor and can be very demanding. Knowing how to use and care for tools will reduce the amount of wear and tear on your body. A sharp, well maintained tool will be safer and easier to use, and cause less fatigue. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss construction, selection and care for shears, shovels, axes, machetes, hoes, cultivators, weeders and more! Learn what goes into the construction of a quality tool, and how to care of it so that it will last a lifetime or more. Class space is limited, so enroll early. Bring your tools and get them ready for Spring gardening! Register online.
April 6, 2014
In this fun workshop, students will learn the basis for Western-style paper making, using edible and ornamental plant fibers. The hands-on portion of the class will cover basic paper sheet formation as well as fiber preparation and artistic embellishments. Participants will leave with several wet papers to be dried at home. This is a wet class! Please bring a new roll of paper towels and wear clothing and shoes that can get wet. This class is appropriate for children over the age of 8 when accompanied by an adult. Register online.
April 9, 2014
Learn how to attract and conserve native bees in your home garden. You’ll explore native bee biology and ecology and use this information to help you design a bee-friendly landscape. You will also learn the best bee plants for your garden and tips to promote healthy plant growth. Participants will also learn about how to build their own bee condo, to invite cavity nesting bees into their gardens. You will receive a seasonal plant list and bee condo building instructions. Register online.