PFC April 13 – Soil Testing

This month’s speaker will be Sophia Gidlund from the Pierce County Conservation District.  She will be speaking on soil testing and how to interpret and what to do with the results.  She will also be able to talk about the role of the county conservation districts and take your questions.  We meet Thursday, April 13, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. and Clare Ave., Bremerton, at 7 pm.

May 2, 2017 South Sound Fruit Society Meeting

The May 2nd SSFS meeting will feature Stephen Bramwell of the Washington State Extension Agriculture Faculty speaking on a needs assessment for south sound farms.

The meeting will be 7-9 PM at the GRuB Farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave, NW. Olympia, Wa. 98502.


Note that this is a new venue for the SSFS. Our old location is going to be undergoing extensive remodeling.

April 4th South Sound Fruit Society Meeting – Backyard Orchard Culture

At the SSFS April 4th meeting, Ian stoner will discuss Backyard Orchard Culture. He will discuss putting multiple trees in the same hole as a means of managing a small space, pollination biology, and woody plant botany.

The meeting will be April 4th at 7 PM at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA.

PFC March 9 – Honey bees

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.

Western Cascade Fruit Society Board & General Meeting

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.

SSFS Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange 3/18/17

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.

SSFS March 7th Meeting: Rootstocks

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.

SSFS Rootstock and Grafting Events

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 buy champix india 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) .

PFC Spring Grafting Show – March 4, 2107

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.


PFC Feb. 9 – Grafting

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.