In another topic heading I got the advice to find free or inexpensive locally sourced trees. I do have a friend who has given me peach trees and another who has given me blueberries, but that is a random and unusual occurrance. They offered, I didn't go looking. I am working on moving my small conventional organic farm and orchard to a permaculture system, but I don't have a lot of money to throw around, so finding ways to get trees and plants cheaply would be good.
How can I go about looking for free or inexpensive trees?
Here in SC we can contact the Department of Natural Resources for native species of trees. I got my persimmons and some witch hazel that way. Unfortunatly I killed the witch hazel so now I need to get more.
Each state will have thier own fruit or nut trees that DNR is trying to encourage planting.
stick cuttings of your own trees, and ask other folks for cuttings of their trees. maybe offer to propagate some for them in return. there are also scion exchanges put on by backyard orchardist groups and through NAFEX. scions are generally intended for grafting, but if they're fresh, you ought to be able to root them without too much trouble. the disadvantage is that it takes time. the advantage is that it's potentially free and you can get access to a great many species and varieties.