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Learn To Craft The Fruit Graft

Grafting - attaching one plant to another - gives you the best of both. Learn how to do it with fruit crops, even tomatoes via Aug. 29 webinar.

John Vogel

August 23, 2013

2 Min Read

Tomorrow, the National Center for Appropriate Technology will host a free webinar on grafting fruit crops. The focus will be on fruit trees for organic production. But the technology is good for a number of food crops, even tomatoes. If you can't "click in" tomorrow, the webinar can be pulled up from the NCAT archives at your convenience.

Regionally and locally adapted fruit crops aren't just a treat for the palate. Developing them can be a boon to organic fruit growers, and help detail-oriented farmers and nurserymen make boost on-farm income, contends NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames.


TWO-ON-ONE: Two fruit varieties can, for example, be grafted onto a strong root stock to diversify market offerings.

Ames will present the "Budding and Grafting Fruit Varieties for Organic Production" webinar at Noon Eastern time. He'll get hands-on with a discussion of grafting, budding, cutting and other forms of asexual fruit propagation.

The free-of-charge webinar, will allow plenty of time for participants to ask questions – general or about their own operations. Guy will respond to any questions that aren't answered during the webinar in the days following via email. That's another reason for registering online.

Guy provides farmers, especially fruit growers, with the best information available to empower them to be the most environmentally sound growers they can be while maintaining a sustainable income.

Free pub on organic and low-spray production
Ames has been a professional nursery man and orchardist as well as a technical writer on sustainable fruit production. Recently he and NCAT Specialist Robert Maggiani finished work on a new ATTRA publication, "Plums, Apricots, and Their Crosses: Organic and Low-Spray Production."  It focuses on organic and reduced-spray management options for disease and pest problems of plums, apricots, and their crosses (pluots, apriums, etc.).

It also relates progress in broadening the practical climatic adaptability of the apricot. The publication discusses adding these fruits as specialty crops for small-scale, diversified farms and identifies marketing opportunities. This free publication can be downloaded from the .

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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