This past weekend we invited friends over to learn how to graft fruit trees! Rob and a couple of other attendees have attended workshops with Ken Taylor to learn how to graft onto root stock. There were a few reasons for us to host a work party. Realistically, we have been meaning to do this grafting for a while, but it never seems to make it to the top of the ‘to do’ list, so scheduling a time on the calendar with people coming over made it possible to get the work done. We also enjoy having many like minded people around, and any excuse for a gathering is a good one. We were also excited to share the skills we’re developing with others. The most beautiful and unexpected part for me though was sharing the process of learning – that messy bit where no one really is sure they’re doing the right thing. Muddling through the learning process with others to support and guide each other made the whole process so much more enjoyable.
We took it slow. We started by watching a short video demonstration of what we were about to do before heading out to the garden. During the grafting process we took time to pause and talk, look at each others work, ask questions, and generally meander through the afternoon together. It was nice to have a relaxed but purposeful atmosphere. There were many children in attendance as well, which added to the joy of the afternoon. Because there were so many adults around, no one really had to watch them, they were playing close by. It all seemed so natural. There was flow to the afternoon, as the grafting finished up, we drifted into a pot luck dinner. People came and went as they needed to. It was easy. It was what I envision life should be like. It was a taste of life lived in community.