PFC 2018 Spring Grafting Show – March 3

Only a week until our big Spring Grafting Show!

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 hundreds of antique and modern varieties of apples, pears, cherries, and plums. We will be selling EMLA 26 apple, OHxF 87 pear, K-5 cherry, and K-1 plum rootstock; scion wood for grafting; and 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 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton  98312.

PFC Feb. 8 – Sam Maupin on biochar

Our meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, will feature Sam Maupin from The Brothers Greenhouses talking to us about biochar.  Join us at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.

South Sound Fruit Society Feb meeting: Native Pollinators

Glen Buschmann will describe native pollinators and go over the raising of Orchard Bees

The meeting is on Feb 6th from 7 to 9 PM. It is at the SSFS meeting site;

Grub, 2016 Elliott Ave., NW, Olympia 98502

Feb 17 – SCFS Pruning Workshop @Dougherty Farmstead in Duvall, 10am-Noon

Take the terror out of pruning fruit trees with instruction that shows how to approach the task, and reduces the number of difficult decisions needed. Greg Giuliani and Randy Lee will be teaming up again to give a hands-on pruning workshop of apple and pear trees at the Dougherty Farmstead in Duvall on Sat, Feb. 17 from 10am-12pm. Dougherty Farmstead is a restored historical farm (circa 1888) with some of the oldest standing structures in the Snoqualmie River Valley.  Last year Greg did year 1 renovative pruning on a very old pear tree as well as some pruning on several smaller apple trees. Join the Snohomish County Fruit Society, Greg, and Randy as they tackle year 2 on the pear tree (out of a 3 year plan) as well as several other trees on the property.

Please sign up online so we can plan appropriately for group size and so that we can notify you if there are any changes to the workshop (ie. alterations due to weather). Thanks!

Parking: just southeast of the Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road (opposite side of the road from the farm) there is a school – you can park in their parking lot and walk across the road to the Farmstead. There is some limited parking immediately at the farmstead. ***Please note that Cherry Valley Road has two sections which do not connect.*** You want to turn off of Hwy 203 onto the southern section of CV Rd, just north of Duvall (versus just south of Monroe).

Bring: Each attendee should bring their own pruning tools as well as weather appropriate clothing.

PFC Jan.11 – Rick Mercier on raising mason bees

Rick Mercier will give us a presentation on raising mason bees at our meeting this Thursday, January 11, 2018.  We meet in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.

South Sound Fruit Society Nov Meeting: Fruit Harvest and Storage

Randy Lee will address fruit harvest and storage at the next SSFS Meeting on Nov 7th. The meeting will be from 7-9 PM at the Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave., NW, Olympia, WA. Randy Lee had a PhD in plant physiology and tree fruit. He is a retired WSDA/USDA Horticultural Inspector, researcher and consultant.

PFC Oct. 12 – Kiwibob will speak about growing kiwis

At our meeting this month on Thursday, Oct. 12, Kiwibob will be teaching us all about growing kiwis. We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.

SSFS Oct 3rd: The Fall Orchard

The October 2017 meeting of the South Sound Fruit Society will be

The Fall Orchard , a talk by Ian Stoner

Oct 3rd, 7-9 PM, at the Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave, NW, Olympia, 98502

PFC Sept. 14 – Jenny Glass, Diagnostic Plant Pathologist

Our meeting this Thursday, September 14, will feature Jenny Glass, Diagnostic Plant Pathologist from the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab.  Her topic will be tree and small fruit pathology with examples.  If you have unidentified problems on your trees, canes, or bushes, bring them to the meeting in a sealed, clear bag. Join us at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd, Bremerton, at 7 pm.

Making Maple Syrup and Hard Cider

The Sept 5th meeting of the South Sound Fruit Society will be on Making Maple Syrup from local maple trees and a brief outline of making hard cider.

The meeting will be on Sept 5th, 2017 at 7PM – 9PM at the Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave, NW, Olympia, 98502. No charge, all are welcome.