We had a get-together on the Saturday before our first grafting day and people shared scion. It is hoped to do similar this year.
So, I send out a list of pears, apples, plums and cherries I have collected, and anyone conducting a grafting day can circulate it within their group and people can make choices before the day.
Also the lists of what everyone else has could be circulated and if attempts are made to collect scion from other people, to bring through with me.
Then anyone who is interested in growing rare and heritage fruit can organise a grafting workshop in their own local area. We suggest that these could include up to 20 people. I would be there to help get it off the ground, with hopefully one other grafter to help me teach people how to graft, and graft at least one tree for every participant.
If there is more than one experienced grafter to help then going over 20 people could be considered. If I can cover costs on the trip I will be happy. Last year with the trip around Western Victoria the groups charged participants $20 which gave them the first tree free and additional sales of scion for $2, rootstocks $6 and additional grafts $2ea. This should cover my costs and leave a profit for the groups organising the workshops.
I am attending on the understanding that any profits goes to non-profit groups such as those organising the workshops along with the payments of costs to any additional grafters.
The intent is to try to create a self sustaining group in the area of each workshop and assist them with future grafting days in the years to come.
Please message me with your email address on Facebook if you intend to organise workshops for-
- the Sydney area around the 23rd/24th July
- The area between Albury and Sydney on either 20th,21st or 22nd July
- along the coast between Sydney and Bermagui on 25th, 26th and 27th July .
Neil on Facebook
10th June 2016