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Hard grafting made easy

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July 12, 2017

A fruit tree grafting workshop will take place at Heathcote Community House next Monday.

GREEN thumbs take note.

Heathcote Community House is the place to be next Monday. Horticulturist Neil Barraclough will be offering fruit tree grafting workshops.

Grafting is a horticultural technique where tissues of plants are joined to continue their growth together.

Neil is a colourful Australian horticulturist who lives in Gippsland.

He began to take a deep interest in climate, solar cycles, their climate-related consequences and past mega droughts in the mid to late 1980s.

He believed there was a very high chance the world would, in a few decades, be facing a global crisis.

As he assessed it, the consumer society of then and now was unsustainable and the economic situation we accepted as normal would drastically change.

He believed that in the future, people would have to grow much more of their own food, and we were losing the genetic base to do so.

Neil first learnt to graft, then he initiated the concept of grafting days at the East Gippsland Organic Agriculture Association.

“I hope I am helping people have a better life, provide fresh fruit for their kids and save fossil fuels transporting food around the country,” Neil said.

The workshop will be held on July 17 from 10am-2pm at 55 Hospital St, Heathcote.

Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and a grafted fruit tree.

A raffle will also be held to raise money for victims of the NSW bushfires. Tickets for the raffle will be $2 each.

To book a place call 5431 0930.

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