Brendan and Nick, happy, drowned rats, after our final day (in the non-stop rain) cutting scion for the fair at Nick Botner’s 4,500 apple-varieties-orchard in Yoncalla. Our focus this day? Proven disease-resistant, high-performing apples.
Lane County’s Annual Spring Propagation Fair will be held at the Lane Community College Cafeteria (Main Campus), Eugene, OR on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11am-3pm.
The Spring Propagation Fair is a free event, open to the public, and is designed to support home orchardists, vegetable gardeners and native plant enthusiasts in and around the Southern Willamette Valley.
Come create a Custom Fruit Tree! Hundreds of varieties of scions (fruit-tree cuttings) are shared by local fruit enthusiasts at the Fair. Rootstocks and grafting assistance are available for a nominal fee. We focus on an array of fruit varieties that have proven adaptability in growing region, and have unique characteristics for culinary use, storage, disease resistance etc.
Vegetable, Herb, Flower Seed and Plant Swap! Seeds grown and saved from our bioregion are shared freely at the Fair as well as divisions of other food crops including berries, perennial edible plants, etc.
We encourage attendees to bring labeled cuttings of fruit trees and/or divisions of berries to share freely with others at the Fair, as well as fresh seed, plants and divisions of all types of food crops and native plants.
You do not need to bring anything to participate!
Free Educational Workshops! Learn about growing edible mushrooms in your garden, how to save your own seeds and organic fruit tree care. Ask questions of experienced local gardeners and some of our bioregion’s foremost gardening educational non-profits.
Grow Food, Learn How!
The 2013 Annual Spring Propagation Fair is a free event, open to the public, and is designed to support home orchardists, vegetable gardeners and native plant enthusiasts in and around the S. Willamette Valley.
We are focusing on a genetically diverse array of apples, pears and grapes that have proven adaptability to our growing region, disease resistance, and have unique characteristics for culinary use, storage, etc.
Hundreds of varieties of scions (fruit-tree cuttings) and vegetable seed, will be shared by local fruit enthusiasts and seed-savers at the Fair. Rootstocks and grafting assistance will be available for a
Bring your own labeled cuttings and divisions of figs, grapes, berries and other fruits to share freely with others at the Fair, along with fresh seed, plants and divisions of all types of food crops and native plants.
Ask questions of experienced local gardeners and a broad array of our bioregion’s foremost gardening education non-profits. Hear expert speakers throughout the day.
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Lane Community College – Florence | $25
The fair passed off swimmingly with about 700-1000 attendees. Our grafting table, seven-to-eight strong, was non-stop busy as fair goers brought their rootstock and scion to our team to match up. The seed exchange was busier than ever this year, with the good folks of Adaptive Seed, as usual, holding the space together. In our post-event assessment at Cosmic Pizza this past Tuesday night, the organizing team all agreed that working with one another was a delight and that we intend to come together again next spring to do it again! We are also planning fruity adventures throughout the course of this summer to visit many of the trees we collected scion from – it will be good to put a colorful and flavorful face to the hundreds of varietal names we have so assiduously tracked and collected scion for since January.
As we decompress from the months-long effort of gathering scion from around our bioregion, and preparing for the event, a pressing priority is getting leftover rootstock grafted and into the ground. We have three grafting workshops/parties scheduled at the Maple Drive Community Greenhouse at 1137 Maple Dr. Directions below.
Tuesday April 3: noon
Wednesday April 4: 10.00 a.m.
Saturday April 7: 10.00 a.m.
Directions: bike path provides direct access to Horn. By car, about a mile north on River Road – 3 or 4 lights after Chambers bridge (after you pass the Goodwill store on the right) – you will reach the Horn turn-off on the left. Bizarrely, the road to the right at that intersection is named Arbor, not Horn, and Arbor is the only intersection road sign you can see as you approach from the south. Nonetheless, turn left onto Horn rather than right onto Arbor. Going left (west) about the equivalent of 2-3 blocks in (there is, I think, but one cross-street on that stretch) you will see Maple on the left. Go left on Maple (south) and two to three driveways on the left you will clearly see the entrance to the large, grassy 5-acre property with big trees.
The biggest organic orchards (hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of apple and pear trees each year) being planted in western Oregon just now are being planted by the cider-perry grassroots, many of them first-time farmers. Corvallis has an Under-50 Cider – one of two Oregon ciders, I believe, advertised as sourced from within 50 miles. Cider? The BushWhacker Cider bar is one of the more outrageously hopping bars in SE Portland on a Friday night.
My biggest observation relating to the Future of Fruit in the years I have supported the Portland Spring Propagation Fairs? It came this past weekend as I witnessed that the attendance of young people at the event has simply exploded. This has much to do with fresh blood in the supply line. The quality of young soul I am meeting around vegetable and fruit propagation tables just now is exceptional.
At the greyer handlebar moustache end of the scale, come meet Shaun Shepherd of the Home Orchard Society at this weekend’s Lane Prop Fair. Shaun, a ciderist, is the Portland-based Authority on Cider. A little shy (we can’t get him to speak in public) a good time to speak with him is when he is grafting your tree at the grafting table.
Somewhat unexpectedly, we will have persimmon rootstock available at the propagation fair this weekend. (Diospyros lotus, which we use as persimmon rootstock is, by the by, one candidate for the ‘lotus tree’ mentioned in The Odyssey. It was so delicious that those who ate it forgot about returning home and wanted to stay and eat lotus with the lotus-eaters. Better, methinks, to bring the lotus home.)