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SCFS Mtg – Thurs, Nov 18, 7-9pm “Backyard Fruit Trees” w/ Karen Palmer via Zoom

We are very fortunate to have Karen Palmer, Washington State University, Master Gardener join us to present and discuss “Backyard Fruit Trees”.  In this presentation you will discover “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of growing your own tree fruit.   Whether you inherited a few fruit trees with a new home or are thinking of planting some, get the knowledge to make important decisions as you move forward. You will learn which kind of fruit trees are easier to maintain West of the Cascades, what major diseases and pests will be a factor and how to control them naturally, how much time and effort will be required to grow a healthy crop, winterization tips and more.

Karen has been a WSU Clark County Master Gardener since 2000. She is active on project topics including vegetable gardening, small fruits, and tree fruits. Karen is a regular volunteer in the Answer Clinic, providing help to residents on all their gardening needs and is an integral member of the Master Gardener Foundation plant sale team growing vegetable plants for the annual plant sale.”

Presentation via Zoom – Please email for call information

SCFS Mtg – Thurs, May 13, 7-9pm Food Preservation w/ Stephanie Hagarty

Got fruit? Got too much fruit? Or want to enjoy it year round? Learn how to preserve it in a variety of ways and prepare for that coming harvest. This presentation will include an overview of basic food preservation techniques for high acid foods such as jams, fruits and pickles as well as low sugar options. Stephanie will cover equipment, procedures and how to determine safe sources for recipes. Finally, she will briefly cover how to make flavored vinegars. Feel free to bring all your questions.

Stephanie has been a Master Food Preserver since 1988 and the Superintendent of the Open Class Food Preservation department at the Evergreen State Fair since 1990. She has enjoyed preserving food and teaching others the best tips and safe techniques for many years.

Snohomish County Fruit Society invites you to join us on Thursday, May 13, at 7-9pm via Zoom for this useful presentation. Due to some interference with previous calls, we are taking extra measures to protect this and future meetings from hackers. If you would like to join us, please email to receive the Zoom link and passcode for this meeting.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society

SCFS Mtg – Mar 11, 7-9pm via Zoom, Historic Orchards with Susan Dolan, NPS

Living history. That’s what these orchards are. Some may be familiar with Piper’s Orchard in Seattle and the restoration it has undergone in the past 20 years. Susan Dolan of the National Parks Service will be joining us this Thursday to share about the historical significance and efforts of the National Park Service to preserve several other orchards in the Puget Sound area including the Buckner Orchard in North Cascades National Park, the Crook Orchard in San Juan Island National Historical Park, and the Reconstruction Orchard at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve historic places as well as natural ecosystems.  Many historic places in the park system contain historic orchards. Susan Dolan, is the National Park Service, Bureau Historical Landscape Architect.  She is the national manager of the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program.  Her responsibilities include developing, implementing, and overseeing a service-wide landscape preservation program that includes research, planning, stewardship, education, and technology development.  She previously served as the Historical Landscape Architect for Mount Rainier National Park.  Her awards include the 2020 University of Oregon Lawrence Medal for leadership in cultural landscape preservation, and the NPS Director’s 2009 Appleman Judd Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Management.  She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and an undergraduate degree in horticulture from Reading University in England.  Her publications include:  “Orchard Stabilization Handbook“, USDI NPS and California Department of Parks and Recreation, 2012; “Orchard Management Plan for Manzanar National Historic Site,”  USDI NPS, Pacific West Regional Office, 2011; “Fruitful Legacy: A Historic Context of Orchards and Fruit Trees in the National Park System, from 1600 to the Present,” USDI, NPS, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and Pacific West Regional Office, 2009; “Orchard Management Plan for John Muir National Historic Site,”  USDI, NPS, Pacific West Regional Office, 2006.

Snohomish County Fruit Society invites you to join us on Thursday, March 11, at 7-9pm via Zoom for this fascinating talk. Due to some interference with previous calls, we are taking extra measures to protect this and future meetings from hackers. If you would like to join us, please email for Zoom link and passcode, Alternatively, you can request to be added to our mailing list for future meeting announcements and information.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society


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.