spring_farm_work_-_graftingBeechworth Food Co-op and Black Barn Farm present a FRUIT TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP with Steve Burns – professional fruit tree grafter and permaculture educator

Join us at Black Barn Farm in the old apple packing shed during an early Spring morning while the moon is waxing and the sap is starting to flow as you learn the ancient art of grafting your very own fruit trees.

Learn about different types of grafts, why graft at all, best time of year to graft, knife safety, rootstocks, scion wood, permaculture tips and tricks and of course plenty of practice before you then try your skills on your very own apple trees to take home, all under the watchful guidance and instruction from Steve Burns.

  •  Take home 2 of your own grafted apple trees
  • Expert hands on tuition, full local fare lunch & your very own grafted apple trees.


  • $70 – byo grafting knife (grafting knives are strongly suggested over a normal pocket knife for an effective graft)
  • $90 – including this swiss made Felco grafting knife (supplied at cost from Forestry Tools)
  • ($10 discount for Beechworth Food Co-op members, sign up here if you are not yet a member )

This workshop is limited to just 20 tickets so book early and book hard. Book here

WHEN: WHERE: Black Barn Farm – 60 Lower Nine Mile Rd, Stanley, VIC 3747

Steve Burns is from Chestnut Farm near Ballarat, he has collaborated and co-delivered with trainers including David Holmgren and Dave Jacke, delivering PDC sessions, introductory workshops and specific skills workshops. He is founder & convenor of a very active local group: Ballarat Permaculture Guild. He’s particularly excited about heirloom fruit trees, espalier, potager gardens, alternative building and community building strategies. Steve practices what he preaches by growing a lot of his own food, producing grafted fruit trees for sale, designing permaculture and forest gardens and working as a permaculture trainer. He spends most of his time on his farm, where he hosts WWOOFers and interns from across the world.