Jamestown, N.Y. – If you have a favorite apple, you could learn how to graft it onto your existing tree.
Orchardist Al Yelvington will lead Audubon Community Nature Center’s workshop “Apples All Year Long: Planting and Grafting” on Friday, April 6, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.
You can gain a hands-on introduction to grafting techniques for apple trees to replicate favorites or known varieties as well as learn the best way to plant your new apple tree.
If you collected scion wood in the spring while pruning, this is the time to graft it onto your rootstock. For those starting their home orchard, April is the best time regionally to plant fruit trees. Learn how to give your fruit tree a good start with the best planting techniques.
Grafting is an art, and after trying graft techniques during class, you walk away with an overview of it from this class. There are different grafting techniques and methods, so you can choose the ones that work the best for your situation. Bring a sharp utility-type knife or grafting knife if you have one.
Al Yelvington is a fairly recent transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. Yelvington is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Enrollment is limited. The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.