Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Grafting Project

Panorama of the orchard
Bananas, strawberry guavas, a chayote, lemon, pear, avocado, and orange grafted to a fig tree? You're right: impossible!

High School Apple Grafting Project: the Central Coast Chapter educates hundreds of students annually about the grafting process. We visit schools, primarily high schools, in several counties and teach the students how to graft an apple tree and to stimulate their interest in growing fruit trees.

Joe Sabol of our Central Coast CRFG chapter and Cal Poly started the high school grafting project in 1998, and it has turned into an annual event. The Central Coast chapter buys apple rootstocks in large quantities so it can pass on the discount price to the high schools. Then CRFG members, along with Cal Poly Ag Ambassadors, take the rootstocks to high schools and show the students how to graft. It has proven to be a win-win-win venture. Students win with their enthusiasm at the prospect of being able to "build" their own tree. CRFG members win with the satisfaction of seeing the quality of the grafts made by the students. Ag Ambassadors win by staying in touch with local high school students. And high school agriculture teachers win with the low-cost/high-interest activity in their classrooms.

Grafting Day at Midland School

Video photo collection of the grafting day at Midland School in 2016, created by Alisha Taff. Joe Sabol is on the left.

I've Grafted My Tree: What's Next?

Apple Grafting Notes (pdf)

Want to learn more about fruit trees?
The State CRFG's website includes fruit facts and a fruit list.

 

2016 Grafters

March 1: Santa Maria High School

Group photo of Santa Maria High School grafters class 1
Group photo of Santa Maria High School grafters class 2

March 10: SLO Master Gardeners

Group photo of San Luis Obispo Master Gardeners grafters

March 11: San Luis Obispo High School

Group photo of San Luis Obispo High School grafters

March 14: Grizzly Academy Gals

Group photo of Grizzly Academy Women grafters

March 14: Grizzly Academy Guys

Group photo of Grizzly Academy Men grafters

March 4: San Gabriel 6th Grade

Group photo of San Gabriel 6th Grade grafters