Open Orchard School: Bud Grafting and Summer Tree Care
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
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What’s the best way to keep fruit trees healthy in the warmer, dryer months? As buds begin to form, how can grafting be used to increase the diversity of your harvest? In this workshop led by artist and orchardist Sam Van Aken, you will learn the basics of bud grafting, a longstanding agricultural practice used to produce hybrid trees. And while you’re bud grafting, now’s also a great time to think about summer tree care, from installing a simple irrigation system to proper pruning and mulching.
Van Aken is using grafting to create an expansive, new art and environmental project on Governors Island. The Open Orchard will take the form of a public orchard of 50 multi-grafted trees that together contain hundreds of rare and heirloom fruit varieties. Although native to or commonly grown in the NYC region over the past 400 years, these varieties have all but disappeared due to climate change and industrial-scale agriculture. The Open Orchard will restore and preserve this vital biodiversity in the form of living trees, inviting the public to see, taste, and learn about fruits that were key to NYC’s agricultural past—and may be key to ensuring its long-term sustainability in the future.
About the Workshop Series:
These workshops are part of The Open Orchard School, an ongoing series of educational programs co-presented by The Trust for Governors Island and NYC Parks GreenThumb. For more information about the workshop series, please visit: bit.ly/GreenThumbTrainings.
The Open Orchard School is an extension of Sam Van Aken’s public art and environmental project on Governors Island, The Open Orchard, which will take the form of a public orchard of 50 fruit trees containing hundreds of rare and heirloom varieties. Once grown or commonly found in the NYC region over the past 400 years, these varieties have all but disappeared with changes in our climate and agricultural practices. The Open Orchard will reintroduce them to the public in the form of living trees, preserving this rich biodiversity for future generations. For more information on the project, please visit: