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Join us for a bench grafting workshop and get hands-on experience with your own rootstock!


Caring For Trees & Orchards: A Series CLASS 3

  • Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a bench grafting workshop, where you will get the chance to participate in hands-on bench grafting guided by Ryan Watson of Wild Russet Farm and Brett Budde of Majestic Farm. You'll get to leave the workshop with your own apple tree rootstock to plant at home!

About the farms and farmers: 

Majestic Farm: Majestic Farm specializes in organic and heritage meats and apples, sustainable agriculture, community agritourism and family friendly apple picking and orchard events. Majestic Farm is Sullivan County’s only organic u-pick apple orchard. Additionally Majestic Farm has tiny house camping experiences on farm all season long.

Brett Budde has been farming for 15 years. Brett has worked as an Orchard consultant, manager, and owner of organic apple orchards. Experiences include owning and managing an organic apple orchards and free roaming livestock production, consulting for Tuttletown distillery, orchard installations, integrated pest management, organic pest management, grafting, pruning, and trellis construction. Budde has experience with standard plantings and high-density systems in addition to expertise in all areas of animal husbandry. 

Wild Russet Farm: Wild Russet farm is a 20-acre regenerative farm in Jeffersonville, New York producing over 150 varieties of high-quality vegetables, fruits and herbs, a blossoming flower program, organic-fed pasture-raised eggs and raw wildflower honey. They grow all their products using sustainable practices with particular attention to the ecology of the land. Their aim is to demonstrate a self-sustaining way of life, living in conjunction with nature, working to increase the biological diversity and the productivity of the land. The sheep fertilize the soil under the fruit trees, the chickens forage for worms and seeds after the ewes graze, the bees pollinate the flowers, the crops grow, the fruit ripens & the system repeats itself.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, award #2022-06508. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County provides equal program and employment opportunities. The public can contact the office to request accommodations.





Taylor Adam
Beginner Farmer Program Manager
(845) 292-6180 ext. 130


Extension Education Center
64 Ferndale-Loomis Road
Liberty, New York 12754

Last updated April 11, 2024