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Fruit Tree Grafting Class

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


$55 Registration includes three grafted apple trees!

Saturday, March 23
Minnesota New Country School
210 Main Street, Henderson MN 56044
Time:   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:    $55 / participant


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In this class we will teach you how to propagate your own apple trees. We will discuss the time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks. Attendees will practice what they learn by “Whip & Tongue” grafting different varieties of apple trees using modern day rootstocks.


Each participant will take home 3 newly grafted apple trees to be planted on your own property.  Additional rootstocks available for purchase at class. All materials and tools will be provided for the workshop. You can bring your own grafting knife if you prefer. We will bring a variety of apple tree scions to the workshop for grafting. We will graft to semi-dwarfing rootstock.


Optional: Bring scions of your favorite old apple tree if you would like to graft these at the class. We will send out tips for this as we get closer to class, as you don’t want to do this too much ahead of time.


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You Bring:

  • Large trash bag, & pot/bucket to take your grafts home in.
  • Lunch or snack for yourself. (Coffee and a scone are provided in the morning.)
  • Cash/check for additional rootstock purchase ($3 ea) or grafting knife purchase.


Registration & Payment:

  • Registration must be paid in advance.
  • Register Here

Learn from John Knisley, of Alternative Roots Farm, a Certified Organic orchardist with 13 years of experience in the orchard. John is passionate about farming and the great outdoors.  At the farm he is most often found working at the orchard or with the herd of pigs.  In his spare time he is a forager, who enjoys fishing, hunting, canoeing and pretty much anything out of doors and hands-on. As a Master Naturalist he is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about environmental education, preserving and promoting our natural environment, and environmental stewardship.




Brooke & John Knisley

Alternative Roots Farm



Brooke Cell: 507-412-7605 (text preferred)



March 23
9:00 am - 1:00 pm