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Join us for a fruit filled day at the FRUIT FESTIVAL, hosted by the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) (a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS)). The event will be at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290 on Saturday, March 30 from 11a-3p. There will be an exhibitors hall with fruit-related businesses, organizations, non-profits and educational displays. Several seminars will be held on topics such as pruning, native fruits of Washington, and more. We will also have scionwood, grafting demonstrations, and an interactive fruity kids’ zone.  

Tentative Schedule:
*11a-3p – Exhibitor Hall – fruit-related business, organizations, non-profits, & educational displays (Farmer Frog, Sno-Valley Tilth, Evergreen Fair Open Class, Western Cascade Fruit Society, etc). Also fun & fruity Kids Interactive Zone
*12p-1p – Brown Bag lunch Seminar & WCFS Annual Member Meeting
*1p-2p and 2-3 – Seminar Session 1 & 2 (Pruning, Native Fruits of Washington State, etc) 

SCFS at Seed Savers Exchange Feb 2

Come join us at the Snoqualmie Seed Exchange, Saturday, February 2, 11 am to 2 pm at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, WA. SCFS will have a booth at this year’s exchange. It’s a free community event for all gardeners and small farmers. More details on the 2019 Event Page

Demonstrations • Vendors/Exhibitors •
Kids’ Area • How to come prepared • Map to Cedarcrest High School
Lots of Seeds have been donated!

Feb 17 – SCFS Pruning Workshop @Dougherty Farmstead in Duvall, 10am-Noon

Take the terror out of pruning fruit trees with instruction that shows how to approach the task, and reduces the number of difficult decisions needed. Greg Giuliani and Randy Lee will be teaming up again to give a hands-on pruning workshop of apple and pear trees at the Dougherty Farmstead in Duvall on Sat, Feb. 17 from 10am-12pm. Dougherty Farmstead is a restored historical farm (circa 1888) with some of the oldest standing structures in the Snoqualmie River Valley.  Last year Greg did year 1 renovative pruning on a very old pear tree as well as some pruning on several smaller apple trees. Join the Snohomish County Fruit Society, Greg, and Randy as they tackle year 2 on the pear tree (out of a 3 year plan) as well as several other trees on the property.

Please sign up online so we can plan appropriately for group size and so that we can notify you if there are any changes to the workshop (ie. alterations due to weather). Thanks!

Parking: just southeast of the Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road (opposite side of the road from the farm) there is a school – you can park in their parking lot and walk across the road to the Farmstead. There is some limited parking immediately at the farmstead. ***Please note that Cherry Valley Road has two sections which do not connect.*** You want to turn off of Hwy 203 onto the southern section of CV Rd, just north of Duvall (versus just south of Monroe).

Bring: Each attendee should bring their own pruning tools as well as weather appropriate clothing.

Hartman’s Nursery Info finds new home on WCFS Resources Page

After Bob Hartman’s recent passing this fall, there was concern that much of the information he had collected on his website would be lost. With the permission of his family, we have included useful information formerly found on the Hartman Nursery website in the Resources Page of the WCFS site. We hope that Bob’s love for teaching others can continue on through these pages.


Seattle Times arictle on Hildegaard Hendrickson

Hildegard Hendrickson, a beloved member of the Western Cascade Fruit Society, disappeared a year ago while hunting for mushrooms in the Cascade. Seattle Weekly ran a story reviewing this her disappearance and the current status of the search.

Here’s the link:

WCFS Member Mtg – April 5th

In addition to the WCFS Spring Quarterly meeting this year, WCFS will hold an educational seminar and workshop series on Saturday, April 5th at the Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood. All WCFS members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will feature Dr. Bob Norton presenting “Growing Cherries in Western Washington” and Dick and Marilyn Tilbury sharing their research on SWD, the spotted wing drosophila, a small but formidable adversary. Bekie Jackson and the SCFS research team will present the results of their SWD trial conducted last summer, and members will have the opportunity to construct SWD traps, in an ongoing workshop. Toward that end, please start saving your 12-23ounce plastic, screw-top water and soda bottles and lids, and bring them with you. Please bring a sack lunch. Refrigeration and a microwave will be made available. Coffee and tea will be served, but please note: No LIQUIDS whatsoever are allowed in the upstairs lecture hall
of the Grange. Downstairs you will be able to be social, cheap champix eat, drink, peruse displays and make SWD traps.
The display area will feature information on WCFS research projects and individual chapter activities. Chapters are encouraged to have a table/booth with information
about their chapter events over the past several years as a way to share ideas among chapters. If you are interested in having a Table/Booth for your Chapter, or helping out
with set up, clean up or anything in between, please contact Emily MacRae:
The Schedule for Saturday April 5th is as follows:
10:00-12:00 WCFS Board Meeting
12:00-12:30 Lunch (Bring your own sack lunch for Board Members and Volunteers)
12:30 Displays open, SWD Trap making workshop
1:00-1:45 Dr. Bob Norton: “Growing Cherries in Western WA”
1:45-2:00 WCFS Membership meeting
2:00-3:00 Dick & Marilyn Tilbury, Bekie Jackson (SCFS Research Team):
“SWD: History, Overview and Trial Results”
3:00-4:00 WordPress and Gmail Intro Workshop (OPTIONAL
The Cedar Valley Grange is located at 20526 52nd Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, 2 blocks south of Wight’s Nursery.

SCFS Mtg, “Fruit Trees: The First Five Years – Managing a Fruit Tree from Rootstock to Fruiting” with Greg Giuliani

There are many aspects to raising a fruit tree through the first five years of life successfully, including rootstock selection, soils and soil hydration, planting, site relationship, sun/light, root competition, pollination, planting depth, support, and best time to plant. Greg Giuliani will cover what he considers to be the most important aspects at the March 13th meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society.  The meeting starts at 7 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290.  A brief business meeting will precede the presentation.

Greg Giuliani has been a home champix online price orchardist in Woodinville area for 15 years. He grew up on a farm near Fall City which had a 1930’s orchard and has been a member of of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society since the late 90’s. He has learned to graft to enable him to produce fruit varieties that are not available in nurseries. He also enjoys experimenting with different growing and pruning techniques.

Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is a chapter of Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Updated WCFS Website

Just like our plants, our website is undergoing some pruning and grafting this spring. Look for changes through out the website including am improved calendar where fruit related events across the Puget Sound can be referenced.

Always wondered exactly where all the WCFS chapters are located? Visit the Membership page to see a map of our current chantix online canada chapters and find contact information about each one.

Don’t forget to peruse the Resources page for loads of great information on all types of fruit related topics. Please leave a comment or send us an email if you have suggestions or corrections! Thanks for your patience as we move towards a more useful and fruitful website!