Hopi Sinom fruit tree grafting workshop for Hopi farmers

HOPI RESERVATION - The Black Mesa Water Coalition in conjunction with Moenkopi Greenhouse and Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture will host beginning and intermediate Fruit Tree Grafting workshops for Hopi farmers and the greater Hopi community March 8-9 at the Moenkopi Greenhouse, located next to Moenkopi Day School.

Enrollment is free to Hopi tribal members. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and scion cuttings (if possible) for work at the presentation. Scions are the new growth from the tree, usually found near the base of the tree. They are also referred to as "shoots."

Scion cuttings should be from trees that have high quality fruit. When taking the scions, use good hand pruners that have been sharpened well to ensure a clean cut. Each scion should have at least five or six buds on them, and can be as long as you want them.

The scions must be stored properly as they can dry out and become unusable. To store the scions, place them in Ziploc bags with moist paper towels or moist clean cloths. The scions can be placed in a refrigerator, but not in the freezer, as this will cause the scions to freeze. The cuttings can be brought to the grafting workshop for the presentation portion.

The workshop will include hands-on experience with grafting fruit trees that will be able to be applied to your own fruit trees. There will also be information presented about fruit tree pruning and maintenance.

The grafted trees will be housed at the greenhouse under the watchful eye of greenhouse manager Steve Lomadafkie until the trees can be transplanted. This will also ensure that the trees have higher survival rates.

For information on enrollment, assistance with scion collection, future workshops or for specific event information please call Jacobo at (928) 637-5468. For more information about the Black Mesa Water Coalition, visit www.blackmesawatercoalition.org.

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