In the winter of 2017, I started planning a grafting workshop with the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. The preschoolers already had gardening as part of their curriculum, so the idea was to introduce grafting and caring for trees. Fig trees were specifically used because they can produce a small fruit crop in their first year. Further, their dwarf size, easy handling, and overall hardiness was developmentally appropriate for this age group. Over the course of the spring and summer, the students will monitor, care for, and teach others about their figs, as well as the planting and caring process.
The work below documents the following parts of the training: learning about how to propagate figs and other fruit and nut trees from cuttings, as well as planting, labeling, watering, and overall plant care.