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STFS zoom-only meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring author Ann Ralph talks about Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees

To lessen COVID-19 spread, the Seattle Tree Fruit Society meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online.

The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting, followed by a presentation by author Ann Ralph.

Why Little? Grow A Little Fruit Tree offers a revolutionary vision for backyard fruit trees: a simple and ingenious technique that uses timed pruning to keep fruit trees as short as six feet tall… …they are easy to care for and produce fruit in quantities we’re likely to be able to use. Small trees create the opportunity to have more trees in the backyard and to plant different varieties of fruit to ripen all summer, through fall, and even into winter.


Timed pruning offers a revolutionary approach to fruit tree care, winter prune for shape and summer prune to keep trees small and easy. This presentation covers fruit tree basics: the simple logic of pruning, how to prune for short stature and easy harvest, early training, seasonal routines, and pest and disease control. You’ll learn about the benefits of small trees, getting started, pruning for aesthetics, and how to engage in the pleasures of the pruning conversation.

Ann Ralph is the author of Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees. Publishers Weekly called it “a thrilling read for the backyard farmer.” She was the fruit tree specialist at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and has 20 years of retail nursery experience. She promotes practical, artful, and commonsense methods for the garden generally and fruit trees in particular.

Goodie U, STFS Board Member, reminds everyone that the Ann Ralph zoom meeting will be recorded so attendees not wanting to be recorded should mute microphone and turn off their video. Goodie U made the upcoming Ann Ralph presentation happen. Thanks, Goodie.

If you know any non-STFS individual interested in attending this zoom meeting, please forward this zoom invite so more can benefit from Ann’s presentation. 

Zoom invite info

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Time: May 15, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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STFS sells extreme maggot barriers

Seattle Tree Fruit Society sells extreme maggot barriers to support educational activities.

This year, the manufacturer has redesigned the maggot barriers. Extreme maggot barriers are available through the mail though the price and quantity per package has changed. Extreme maggot barriers will also be available for sale June 5th at STFS’s demo orchard in Seattle’s Magnuson Park during the thinning/bagging/draping demonstration.

Extreme Maggot barrier info and order form is accessible at:

STFS-2021-maggot-barrier-order-form.pdf (seattletreefruitsociety.com)

or cut and paste following URL into your web browser:

http://www.seattletreefruitsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/STFS-2021-maggot-barrier-order-form.pdf

Extreme maggot barriers, when placed over fruitset immediately after springtime thinning, protect apples, pears, Asian pears and other fruits from later damage by apple maggot and other insects. Extreme maggot barriers must be secured around the developing fruit’s stem and will stretch as the fruit grows over summer. After harvest in late summer and fall, extreme maggot barriers can be removed from mature fruit and washed for re-use the following season.   

STFS online meeting Saturday April 17th 10 AM to noon via zoom featuring Griffin Berger, Sauk Farm Operations Manager, sharing his experience with successful organic commercial fruit production in western Washington

To lessen COVID-19 spread, STFS meeting Saturday Apr 17th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online. Zoom invite info below.

Mike Ewanciw (email mikewan@aol.com) will lead meeting beginning with short business meeting followed by Griffin Berger, Sauk Farm Operations Manager. Griffin gave an informative in-person presentation to STFS members Jan 2020. Griffin covered so much back then that Saturday’s followup presentation should help those of us suffering memory overload.

Griffin will revisit and expand on organic farming techniques that reduce inputs while improving tree health, fruit quality and yields.  Griffin will share lessons learned from the successes and failures of running his family farm.

Griffin Berger’s background:  Griffin Berger is the Operations Manager at Sauk Farm LLC. Sauk Farm is an organic family farm in Skagit county specializing in the production and processing of apples, peaches, table grapes, and wine grapes. In 2016 Griffin received a bachelors in integrated plant science at Washington State University. Besides over 12 years of experience working with trees and vines on the family farm, Griffin has also worked at orchards in various locations including Pullman, Wenatchee, and Poggio Renatico, Italy.

If you know any non-STFS individual interested in attending this zoom meeting, please forward this zoom invite so more can benefit from Griffin’s generosity.

Zoom invite info

The most recent version of free Zoom software can be downloaded onto your computer from https://zoom.us/download. Zoom Client for Meetings probably will work best.

Mike Ewanciw is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Seattle Tree Fruit Society – April Meeting & Presentation

Time: Apr 17, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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STFS – February Member Meeting

FEBRUARY 14TH – PROGRAM at 10am
Greg Giuliani will be giving a slide presentation in two parts about rootstock.
Part 1: History, characteristics and practical application of rootstocks.
Break for coffee and snacks
Part 2: Geneva Research Station’s development of rootstock for commercial propagation.
Following Greg’s presentation Laure will lead and light pruning and discussion in the orchard.
If you’re varenicline online going to be doing work in the orchard be sure to note your times for Sandy Bowman’s log. Paul will have a sheet for that purpose.

Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

STFS – January Member Meeting

January Member Meeting (Jan 17, 10-12 noon)
Laure Jansen will lead Scion wood preparation workshop
Members bring their own scionwood and will learn how to prepare it for maximum viability when it’s to be grafted. Our March meeting will be the grafting workshop.
Door Prize: Long Handled Fruit Pickers, tined and bucket types.
Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

STFS – November Member Meeting

November Member Meeting (Nov 8th, 10-12 noon)
Topic is “Panel Discussion: Cooking with Fruit” feature Tracey Bernal, former Pastry chef.
Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

STFS – Cornelian Cherry Lecture Sep 27

AN INVITATION: COME LEARN ABOUT CORNELIAN CHERRIES
The next Member Meeting of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society will be Saturday September 27, 9-11am. The featured talk will be on Cornelian Cherries (Cornus mas). The meeting location is The Brig at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. This meeting is open to the public.

What is a Cornelian Cherry? Here is a catalog description:
“A unique and attractive form of Dogwood, order champix online uk Cornelian Cherry is native to Ukraine and other regions around the Black Sea. Growing as a shrub or small tree, it is valued for its tasty fruit and for its ornamental value. Depending on the variety, Cornelian Cherry fruit can taste like a Cherry or a wild plum. It is very high in Vitamin C and is good for fresh eating, preserves, juice, and wine.” – One Green World

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STFS – Cider Pressing Service at Ballard Festival Sep 28

This has been a great year for fruit. Here is another opportunity to turn that bumper apple crop into cider. The Seattle Tree Fruit Society will have a booth at the Sustainable Ballard Festival – Sept. 28, 11:00am to 6:00pm, and will operate a Cider Press all day. Here is a link: http://www.sustainableballard.org/festival/ 

STFS – 2014 Fall Fruit Show Poster

Announcing the Seattle Tree Fruit Society Fall Fruit Show
Saturday Oct 25, 10am-1pm
Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

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See a higher resolution version here:
2014 Fall Poster low-res

STFS – Orchard Work Party, Potluck, Book Swap – Aug 2

Magnuson Orchard Work Party, Potluck and Book Swap.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
At the Magnuson P-Patch Orchard next to the Brig, at Magnuson Park. 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Work Party: 9:00am to Noon
Potluck and Book Swap: Noon to 1pm
Join STFS members at Magnuson P-Patch Orchard for a clean-up cheapest chantix online event, weeding, laying cardboard and putting down wood chips so that the mowers are able to maintain the grass strips between tree tows. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy potluck and STFS-contributed lunch, and swap garden & cookbooks. Bring your gloves and pruners, water bottles and good cheer.