Our speaker this month will be Debbie Cassidy, the new owner of Sunnycrest Nursery in Key Center. Her topic will be Permaculture and how we can make a difference with sustainable local fruit production. We meet this Thursday, April 12, in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, at 7 pm.
Our last monthly meeting of the year is this Thursday, November 13th. Please join us for our own PFC member Cliff Reinke’s presentation on “Fruit Tree Guilds”. Cliff is a certified Permaculture Designer: http://www.permiepreps.com/ Learn a new way to design your garden or orchard to reduce your generic for chantix work in the garden while creating a welcoming environment for ‘good’ bugs around your fruit trees, and that’s just a little bit of what a ‘guild’ can do. We will also be electing officers for the coming year. Members, please consider helping to run the club.
Join us at our meeting this Thursday, March 13, for a video, Introduction to Permaculture. Member Cliff Reinke, who has recently completed a Permaculture Design Course and is now a Certified Permaculture Designer, will answer questions after the video. We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.
Missy is a Master Gardener, and has been a bee farmer for many years. She has given numerous lectures about the marvelous pollinator that is the Mason Bee. She has spoken at nurseries, garden clubs, schools, scout troop meetings, and private home gatherings. She will teach you about caring for Mason Bees, keeping your hives healthy, and maximizing the pollination benefits of these creatures.
10:00 – 11:10 ‘Producing Apples Organically’ (Harry Burton)
Harry Burton retired at age 50, then began devoting all his time to running Apple Luscious Organic Orchard on Salt Spring Island. He grows over 200 varieties of the best tasting, rare, heritage and unique connoisseur apple varieties, and does so organically. His orchard produces over 8,000 Lbs. annually.
11:10 – 12:15 ‘Growing Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest’ (Hildegaard Hendrickson)
Hildegaard is a retired educator. She manages her “edible backyard” on a city lot. She has grown kiwis for 25 years, as well as figs, apples, pears, plums, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. She is the past Treasurer of the Western Washington Fruit Society. Her other passion is hunting wild mushrooms. She coordinates the identification of wild mushrooms for eth Puget Sound Mycological Society, and teaches wild mushroom identification classes.
11:20 – 12:30 ‘Common Diseases and Insect Pests of Berries’ (Elizabeth Vogt, Phd.)
Elizabeth is the president of the Vashon Island Fruit Club. She is an entomologist and beekeeper and organizes pest management panels for the Vashon Island Fruit Club each year. She will discuss all the common pests of berries, including the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Botrytis, Powdery Mildew, Verticilium Wilt, Leaf Spot, etc. You will learn important biological characteristics of each pest, how to identify them, the damage they cause, and best management practices.
12:30 – 1:30 ‘Summer Pruning’ (Larry Davis)
Larry is a Master Gardener and a 20 year member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society. He lives on a quarter acre city lot with great fruit diversity. His lifetime of gardening has included several years as a volunteer at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Bellevue. He will explain the benefits of summer pruning, when it is appropriate, and how it should be done.
12:40 – 1:45 ‘Red-Fleshed Apples’ (Harry Burton)
Harry will discuss the history of red-fleshed apples, as well as other historic varieties. He will explain why he finds such delight in these varieties. He grows over 20 varieties of red-fleshed apples.
1:45 – 3:00 ‘Fruit Production in Limited Spaces’ (Ingela Wanerstrand)
Ingela is a professional horticulturist with 16 years experience pruning fruit trees and designing edible gardens She lectures and teaches fruit-related classes through City Fruit and Plant Amnesty, and is an active member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society and the Friends of Piper’s Orchards. She will be discussing methods for growing fruit beautifully in small spaces using container, vertical space, espaliers, and more.
1:55 – 3:00 ’30 Years of Applied Permaculture’ (Kristan Johnson)
Kristan is a former President of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Permaculture Institute of North America Board. He has practiced permaculture for over 30 years, and ha taught numerous classes.