SSFS’s next meeting, Tuesday, October 3rd, 7 pm, will be held in person at GRuB and via Zoom.
We hope you will join us for the presentation “Gardening with Blueberries” from long time blueberry grower Glenn Aldrich, of Aldrich Berry Farm and Nursery, in Mossy Rock, WA.
From Glenn: “My earliest exposure to blueberries would have been about 1943 or ’42. Helped my dad, in a small way, to plant the first commercial blueberries in Lewis County in 1944. Those original plants came from Eberhardt Nursery on Steamboat Island Road and they are still in production. I helped on the farm all through high school & college years and Wisten & I began our ownership in 1964. We have experience with a dozen or two varieties, soil preparation, planting, pruning, weeds, insects & other pests, harvest…the ‘whole works’ and will share what I think I know, including my conclusions about varieties for home gardens vs commercial plantings.”
Location: GRuB(Garden-Raised Bounty) 2016 Elliott Ave NW Olympia, WA 98502
Our next meeting is TODAY, September 5, 2023, at 7 pm, via Zoom only.
Location: only on Zoom
Topic: Resurrecting an Historic Orchard in Mason County
The pear trees in an orchard in the city of Shelton, in Mason County, some of which were planted by pioneers David and Frances Shelton, are in danger of dying. SSFS has just begun a project to take scion cuttings of these old trees, graft them onto new rootstock, and plant them at nearby Pioneer School District’s campus. Explore the reasons to save these species and other historic orchards in Mason County and what SSFS is contributing to the process.
As always, we encourage members to bring their fruit-related questions to share at the meeting.
Zoom Link: South Sound Fruit Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Sep 5, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
The next meeting of South Sound Fruit Society is Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 7 pm, via Zoom.
Our topic will be Get to Know Your Mason Bees, presented by Mary Dessel.
Mary Dessel is a Mason County Master Gardener. She chairs the outreach and educational committees. She is very passionate about pollinators, in particular bees. Mary has completed a Master’s degree in Forestry with an emphasis in entomology and worked for 10 years as a park naturalist in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.
Topic: Get to Know Your Mason Bees
Time: Apr 4, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Our next SSFS meeting will be Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 7 pm, via Zoom, with questions and social time starting at 6:30 pm. The topic will be: Permaculture and Food Forests in the Pacific Northwest with Emphasis on Fruit
Please join South Sound Fruit Society to welcome our speaker, MarishaAuerbach, who will talk about practicing permaculture and creating food forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer, and speaker based in Olympia, WA. Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments. As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants. Marisha believes that it is possible to respond to the current environmental challenges, lower our ecological footprint, and continue to live equally delightful lives through permaculture design. She is active with Fertile Ground and Permaculture Rising, and currently teaches permaculture online through Oregon State University. South Sound Fruit Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: South Sound Fruit Society’s Zoom Meeting Time: Mar 7, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81244999305
Topic: Jenny Glass: Diagnosing Plant Diseases and Pests Time: Nov. 1, 2022, 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) (Join us at 6:30 pm for social time and questions.)
Please join SSFS for our November 1st meeting (via Zoom) for a presentation from Jenny Glass, Extension Coordinator, WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Lab, when she will discuss: Plant Problem Diagnosis: Jenny will discuss her strategies of solving unknown fruit-related problems through a combination of asking questions, using observations about the problem symptoms and their distribution to make inferences as to the origin of damage, and searching for other clues.