Grafting Community Knowledge


At the California Rare Fruit Growers’ Scion Exchange, we learned about grafting scion wood to root stock, and how to make a “franken-tree” with dozens of apple varieties branching off a single trunk. As individuals, we can help preserve our cultural fruit heritage through creating backyard orchards, advocating public food forests, and sharing the harvest.

Horned melon, pomelos, and jackfruit made appearances at the Scion Exchange, but most of the scion wood showcased unusual cultivars of more familiar fruits.  Roll over Red Delicious and Granny Smith, and make way for King of Thompkins, Ashmead’s Kernel, and San Francisco Fog.

John Valenzuela and other organizers expanded the focus of the afternoon by welcoming community groups to set up display tables. This alliance-building, along with the the thousands of bags of scion wood, fiilled me with the same euphoric sense of possibilty and hope that I had at Slow Food Nation. I look forward to the next big gathering as we continue to grow our visions and communities! To learn more about growing fruit in the Bay Area and the California Rare Fruit Growers, visit the Golden Gate Chapter’s website.