This month’s meeting on Thursday, March 9, is about honey bees. George Purkett will give us a presentation about the challenges and solutions for raising honey bees in our local climate. We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.
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The annual membership meeting and spring Board Meeting will be held at Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E., in Olympia at 12 pm on Saturday, March 18th. All chapter members are welcome to attend both meetings. The South Sound Fruit Society spring show will be held in conjunction with this event.
The South Sound Fruit Society is holding its Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange on March 18th from 10 – 2.
Jerry Kehoe and Lori Brakken will demonstrate different kinds of graphs for fruit trees and custom grafting will be available. You can bring your own cuttings! There will be rootstock ($3) and scion wood ($1)for sale .
The workshop will be at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia.
Jeb Thurow will lecture on different rootstocks and what makes the best fruit tree for different conditions and use.
The lecture will be at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia, Wa 98506, from 7 to 9 Tuesday evening of the 7th of March 2017.
South Sound Fruit Society March Meetings
The March 7th meeting topic is going to be Rootstocks. Jeb Thurow will tell us all about rootstocks in preparation for our grafting workshop on the 18th. Both of these events will be at the Eastside Farm and Garden Center in Olympia. Jeb’s talk will be from 7 to 8 PM, approx.
The grafting workshop will be that Saturday, the 18th, from 10 to 2 (probably). Jerry Kehoe and Lori Brakken will explain and demonstrate 2 kinds of grafting of the rootstock to the scion wood to make a whole fruit tree. We will have various rootstock to purchase ($3) and a selection of scion wood ($1). Then we will have people available to help you graft right there or to do custom graphs for you ($6) .
Learn how to graft and make your own fruit tree, or have one of our members make it for you. Add varieties to existing trees. Beginners welcome! Choose from dozens and dozens of antique and modern varieties of apples, pears, cherries, and plums. We will be selling M-26 apple, OHxF-333 pear, K-5 cherry, and K-1 plum rootstock and scion wood for grafting as well as sticks of figs, grapes, and kiwis for rooting. Stock up on berries and other plants, footies for insect protection, grafting knives, mason bees and houses, and other supplies. Learn all about pests and diseases and what to do about them. Find out about our native mason bees and how to care for them. We’ll have lots of experts on hand to try to answer all your fruit related questions. Spend some time with us at the show and learn all kinds of interesting things. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Join us Saturday, March 4, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton 98312.
This month’s meeting on Feb. 9 will be about grafting. Dr. Bob Norton, former head of the research station in Mt. Vernon, will give a short talk on grafting tree fruit. We will also have some hands-on practice. We meet in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, at 7 pm.
Susan Dolan will be giving a presentation at the Feb 7th meeting of the South South Fruit Society meeting: Preserving Historic Orchards in the National Parks.
She is the author of Fruitful Legacy, a book about Historic Orchards.
The talk will be at 7PM at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave, East, Olympia, Wa.
Randy Lee, member of PFC and other WCFS fruit clubs, will give us a presentation on Restoring Old Fruit Trees at our first meeting of the New Year, this Thursday, January 12, at 7 pm in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Join us to learn the best ways to get those old, overgrown, neglected fruit trees back into production.
After Bob Hartman’s recent passing this fall, there was concern that much of the information he had collected on his website would be lost. With the permission of his family, we have included useful information formerly found on the Hartman Nursery website in the Resources Page of the WCFS site. We hope that Bob’s love for teaching others can continue on through these pages.