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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

SSFS meets at:

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

Oct 2018 SSFS Meeting: Preserving the Harvest

The October 2018 South Sound Fruit  Meeting topic is Preserving the Harvest by Peg Amandes and Francesca Ritson. They will talk about different methods of food preservation, different fruits that grow in the area and much more.

It will be on Tuesday October 2 at the Grub Farmhouse, 2016 Elliot Ave, NW, Olympia from 7 to 9 PM. 

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SSFS Sept 2018 Meeting: Apple Identification

The Sept 2018 SSFS meeting will be a presentation by Jean Williams on Apple Identification. Bring your apples for id and tasting.

Peninsula Fruit Show

The meeting is at Grub, 2016 Elliott Ave, NW, Olympia, at 7PM as usual.

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