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I grafted 20 plus varieties of apple trees in march of 2017. They have grown very well over the summer- 5-6 foot average. I will be cutting them back in February and wondering if there is an organization ( prefer not an individual where profit can be made from my free giving ). An organization that would accept the scion and graft all these trees and place them out where people can enjoy them for free.  I am not sure if something like what I am talking about exist but if anyone has a direction they could point me in it would be appreciated.
 
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I somewhat doubt such an organization would exist. If you mention your country and region and your varieties here on permies, you might find several members who are happy to take a few scions for their own use, and I don't think any of them will make a business of it. I think anyone who is making a profit selling scion-wood has to build up their reputation, which means they would only sell scion-wood that they themselves cut and stored in the way that they think best.
 
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I'd be happy to trade scion wood.  What varieties do you have?  My plan was to buy in a bunch of root stock and then graft what I have already but if you want to trade, I'll be happy to mix things up a bit. 

I have the following

honeycrisp
wealthy
winekist
golden russet
black oxford
golden delicious

I also have some old farmstead apples that I haven't been able to ID yet. The trees are at least 60 years old. Most seem like cider varieties, but I have one that's a great early season fresh eating apple.  Bright red skin, soft slightly acidic sweet flesh. Short shelf life. Cooks down to mush.

I'll have a silly amount of scion wood in the new year, let me know if you're interested in trading.
 
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Pity you could not donate them to a church mosque synagog etc that would donate any fruit to the poor . Just a thought .

David
 
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As you can see I have many different varieties. I think the only one that I do not have is the Strawberry Parfait Apple. ( it did not make it )
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Pity we can not exchange across the adlantic
I could give you about twenty types

David
 
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There's the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, which sounds like the sort of organization you're looking for. They're still expanding the food forest, if I understand correctly, and so might be able to benefit from the varieties that do well in the Seattle area. There might also be similar organizations near you--and maybe the people at Beacon Food Forest would know about it? https://www.facebook.com/beaconfoodforest/



Another place to contact is Planting Justice down in California. I think they do a lot of work that you might be interested in, and might also know of organizations near you. http://www.plantingjustice.org/about-us/our-work/
 
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I vote you sell them to permies, really cheap! You know, cause I don't think you want to trade for trees you already have.
 
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In my state, there is a non-profit, all volunteer group called the California Rare Fruit Growers.  Their regional chapters have a scion exchange every winter, where the members give away their scions to members and non-members alike.  If you inquire at local nurseries I imagine someone would know if a similar club exists where you are.
 
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Rebecca Norman wrote:I somewhat doubt such an organization would exist. If you mention your country and region and your varieties here on permies, you might find several members who are happy to take a few scions for their own use, and I don't think any of them will make a business of it. I think anyone who is making a profit selling scion-wood has to build up their reputation, which means they would only sell scion-wood that they themselves cut and stored in the way that they think best.

 
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Seems the thing to do is contact people nearby who have proven ability to carry through a project, who want to start a bunch of seedlings now for grafting onto, and who want to graft & give them away.  This is the kind of activity we want to promote so most obviously worth looking for.  Even if you don't find someone it still puts the energy out there.
 
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