Sunday, February 28, 2010

Grafting Magic


The end of February, no matter the storm system, not matter the thermometer reading, is when our Northern California fruit trees decide it is time to put on a show.  I recently helped worked on a biographical play about Johnny Appleseed, and, as extraordinary as he was, I believe his fundamental desire to celebrate and spread the wealth of fruit trees is alive and strong in many of us.  I stopped by the Indian Valley Organic Farm last week just in time to see Steve and Wendy model the mysterious and magical process of grafting.  Nature helps us to help ourselves in so many ways, and here is an exceptionally useful and glorious one.  The class had the beginnings of 50 new trees by the end of the day.







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