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Feb 2021 South Sound Fruit Society Meeting – Growing Raspberries

The next SSFS Zoom meeting is February 2nd, at 7 pm and is about “Growing Raspberries in PNW Home Gardens.” 

Washington State is a leader in red raspberry production. Backyard gardeners can also enjoy raspberry growing in Washington State. This presentation will give an overview of red raspberry and key consideration for small-scale production in the home garden.

Lisa Wasko-DeVetter is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Washington State University. Her program focuses on maximizing productivity, fruit quality, and on-farm efficiencies while ensuring the health of adjacent natural resources critical for small fruit crop production in the Pacific Northwest. Crops that she works with include red raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry. 

Topic: South Sound Fruit Society – Monthly Meeting February 2, 2021
Time: Feb 2, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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SSFS Jan 5th Meeting – Gardening for Climate Change

January 5th at 7 pm, Daron Williams, the Community Conservation Manager at Capitol Land Trust.

Daron will be speaking about How to Prepare your Gardens and Orchards for Climate Change

Climate chaos is upon us. Droughts are becoming more common. And when the rains come, they come in torrents. How do you help your plants thrive in the face of so much vulnerability and disruption? Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to make your plants more resilient to climate change. In this discussion, Daron will talk about how climate change is expected to impact our region and offer key steps you can take to help your gardens and orchards thrive amidst the storms of the future.


Daron Williams is a restoration ecologist, lifelong gardener, and founder of Wild Homesteading. He created Wild Homesteading to help people enjoy wildlife, grow food, and help heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he applies principles of restoration and permaculture on his own property, transforming degraded pasture land into forests, wetlands, hedgerows, food forests, and permaculture gardens. He holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College and an Associate of Applied Science degree in water resources. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two children.

South Sound Fruit Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: South Sound Fruit Society – Monthly Meeting January 5, 2021
Time: Jan 5, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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SSFS Oct Meeting: Compost and Potting Soils

Compost and Potting Soils: Growing Container Plants without Peat

Ian Stoner will discuss potting soil types, compositions and possibilities for renewal materials. He will also include a discussion of his own experiments  using Scot’s Broom as a substrate for container plants.

Oct 1, 2019 7PM at Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave, NW, Olympia, WA 98502



SSFS Sept 2019 Meeting: Blueberries

An Introduction to Blueberries by Gary Gorremahs. Gary was a longtime member in Seattle Tree Fruit Society until buying acreage and building a home outside of Winlock. He grows grapes and 160 blueberry bushes of various ages, and 7 varieties.

Tuesday Sept 3rd at 7PM at the Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliot Ave, NW, Olympia, 98502

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SSFS Workshop : Chip Budding


A form of fruit tree grafting in the summer


Jamie Cummins will explain and demonstrate asummer grafting method known as chip budding.

Jamie has experience chip budding in a variety ofsettings – in a large conventional nursery, a small diversified nursery, as well as home orchards.


• What chip budding is

• Various applications of the method

• A demonstration on apple rootstock and


• Questions and answers

July 27, 2019

Saturday 10am-1pm

@ the GRuB Farmhouse

2016 Elliot Ave NW

Olympia WA

with Jamie Cummins

$10 fee for non members. Free for members.

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SSFS May Meeting: The Ugly Side of Fruit Growing

Nina Dickinson explores with us some common disease and insect pest of fruit. For over 30 years Nina

Nina Dickinson explores with us some common diseases and insect pests of fruit. For over 30 years Nina has worked in retail and wholesale nurseries, adapting to ever-changing problems, products and expectations. Please join us.

The meeting is on Tuesday May 7 th from 7 to 9 PM. It is at the GRuB Farmhouse, 2016 Elliot Ave, NW, Olympia, WA.

SSFS April 2 Meeting – All About Grapes

All About Grapes with Gary Gorremans. Tuesday April 2, from 7pm to 9pm at the GRUB farmhouse, 2016 Elliott Ave, Olympia, WA 98502

Gary grows over 50 varieties of grapes. Bring your questions about which grapes to grow and how to grow them. Everyone welcome.

SSFS Feb 2019 Meeting: Old Fruit Trees

Join us for a discussion of caring for old fruit trees.

Meeting at the GruB Farmhouse, 2016 Elliot Ave, Olympia, Wa Feb 5th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

SSFS Workshop: Pruning Kiwis and Grapes

Pruning Kiwis and Grapes Workshop

Jan 12 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Grub Farm, 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia, Wa.

We will be pruning the Kiwis and the grapes at the Grub Farm that we started on last year. Bring tools and dress warmly. Free to members , $10 suggested donation for non-members.

SSFS November 2018 Meeting: Maple Syrup and Apple Cider

Peg Amandes will talk about making maple syrup from our native Big Leaf Maples and other trees growing in the Pacific Northwest.
Brian Williams will talk about the basics of brewing hard cider at home. There are many apples this time of year and for some people too many to know what to with them all. Learn how to convert your excess apples into juice and alcoholic cider.

Tuesday November 6th, 7-9PM

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The GRuB Farmhouse, 2016 Elliot Ave., NW, Olympia, 98502