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Fruit Tree Grafting

The year is 2017 and the battle has begun in the produce section, organic and GMO. From a young age, I was told 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away', I think about this a lot when doing a weekly refill of apples. I pride myself on the fact that I truly do eat an apple a day, however over the years I can't help but notice the sheer size of these fruits. I held a granny smith apple in my hand that was larger than a nearby navel orange. 

So I began to think about how technology has influenced produce throughout the years, more specifically grafting. Grafting is the process of inserting a small branch (or scion) into the trunk of another tree to manipulate the species. MotherEarthNews has posted an insightful article illustrating benefits of grafting, such as: increasing tree height, cloning trees, and saving existing trees after a devastating pruning incident. 

Learn from Lee Reich's experiences as he supplies comprehensive details (and photos) regarding the process of fruit tree grafting!

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The Alliance for Community Trees, a national nonprofit, just announced a new grant program in support of urban orchards, fruit and nut tree planting, and other urban forestry activities which enhance community gardening and local food security. A webcast for interested applicants will be held on December 15th; grant deadline is January 31, 2012. 

The fruit and nut tree program is a partnership with the USDA People's Garden Program. U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan recently announced 10 grants to support 155 People's Gardens in neighborhoods from Maryland to Hawaii. These sustainable community gardens will give residents direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved neighborhoods. 

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