Life Skills

Absolute Beginners Series: Grafting Urban Fruit Trees

Oakland, CA , United States

About Your Host

Yolanda is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. An avid do-it-herselfer, she is at home at her own Oakland homestead where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and learn about permaculture principles on their large urban lot, growing much of their own food. Yolanda is co-founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden, an urban farm store and homesteading emporium located in the heart of Oakland. Pollinate carries edible nursery stock (seeds, starts, fruit trees, and perennial edibles), tools and equipment for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening. Pollinate is also a purveyor of supplies for food preserving, fermentation and cheese making, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping , including baby chicks, ducks, turkeys and bees. Through its educational outreach and local workshops, Pollinate inspires our community toward a healthier and more sustainable food system by bringing it home. Learn more by visiting

What we'll do

Learn the art and science of fruit tree grafting! If you attend the California Rare Fruit Grower's Scion exchange in January, then you know the value of collecting scions for spring grafting to expand the varieties of fruit available in your backyard orchard. Now is the time! Our mild winter weather means that many trees have awakened early, and are ready to graft. No experience necessary! All skill levels are welcome. 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 graft onto an established fruit tree. We will also have premium bare root fruit trees for sale onto which you can graft your collected scions or buds. Students will leave the workshop with the knowledge and confidence to make it work, and will receive 33% off our premium bare root trees and 10% off grafting tools and supplies. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specializing in fruit trees and home gardens. He is past chairperson for the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, and the owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens, an educational fruit tree care consultancy. John Heenan is a backyard rare citrus grower who volunteers at the Indian Valley College Organic Farm and Garden fruit tree nursery and orchard in Marin County.



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    $75 USD

    per person


    $75 USD

    per person