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

Feb 2021 South Sound Fruit Society Meeting – Growing Raspberries

The next SSFS Zoom meeting is February 2nd, at 7 pm and is about “Growing Raspberries in PNW Home Gardens.” 

Washington State is a leader in red raspberry production. Backyard gardeners can also enjoy raspberry growing in Washington State. This presentation will give an overview of red raspberry and key consideration for small-scale production in the home garden.

Lisa Wasko-DeVetter is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Washington State University. Her program focuses on maximizing productivity, fruit quality, and on-farm efficiencies while ensuring the health of adjacent natural resources critical for small fruit crop production in the Pacific Northwest. Crops that she works with include red raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry. 

Topic: South Sound Fruit Society – Monthly Meeting February 2, 2021
Time: Feb 2, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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SSFS Jan 5th Meeting – Gardening for Climate Change

January 5th at 7 pm, Daron Williams, the Community Conservation Manager at Capitol Land Trust.

Daron will be speaking about How to Prepare your Gardens and Orchards for Climate Change

Climate chaos is upon us. Droughts are becoming more common. And when the rains come, they come in torrents. How do you help your plants thrive in the face of so much vulnerability and disruption? Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to make your plants more resilient to climate change. In this discussion, Daron will talk about how climate change is expected to impact our region and offer key steps you can take to help your gardens and orchards thrive amidst the storms of the future.


Daron Williams is a restoration ecologist, lifelong gardener, and founder of Wild Homesteading. He created Wild Homesteading to help people enjoy wildlife, grow food, and help heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he applies principles of restoration and permaculture on his own property, transforming degraded pasture land into forests, wetlands, hedgerows, food forests, and permaculture gardens. He holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College and an Associate of Applied Science degree in water resources. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two children.

South Sound Fruit Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: South Sound Fruit Society – Monthly Meeting January 5, 2021
Time: Jan 5, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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PFC – March 12 Winter Pruning

There will be a meeting this Thursday, March 12, for those who choose to attend.  Tim Kezele, arborist and master gardener, will speak to us about winter pruning.  We meet in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.

PFC – Feb. 13 Grafting Show Preps

At our February meeting we will be doing last minute preps for our upcoming Spring Grafting Show.  There are scions that still need to be labeled.  Bring your scions too, and we can make labels for them.  We will be teaching hands-on grafting with knives supplied and plenty of wood to practice on.  For anyone who wants to work at the cashier’s table, there will be training with our new Square reader that will enable us to take credit cards, Google Pay, and Apple Pay.  There will be flyers to hand out to members to post in the community and bookmarks to put in the libraries.  Sounds like a busy meeting!  Come and help at the Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm, Thursday, February 13.

PFC Spring Grafting Show – March 7, 2020

Learn how to graft and make your own fruit tree, or have one of our members make it for you.  Add varieties to existing trees.  Beginners welcome!  Choose from hundreds of antique and modern varieties of apples, pears, cherries, and plums. We will be selling EMLA 26 apple and OHxF 87 pear rootstock; scion wood for grafting; and sticks of figs, grapes, and kiwis for rooting. Stock up on berries and other plants, footies for insect protection, grafting knives, mason bees and houses, and other supplies. Learn all about pests and diseases and what to do about them. Find out about our native mason bees and how to care for them. We’ll have lots of experts on hand to try to answer all your fruit related questions. Spend some time with us at the show and learn all kinds of interesting things. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Join us Saturday, March 7, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton  98312.

PFC – Jan. 9 Honeybees

Our first meeting and presentation of the New Year will be about honeybees. Join us on Thursday, January 9 at 7 pm in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton to learn something about our pollinator friends.

PFC – Nov. 14 Online Resources

At our last meeting of the year on Thursday, Nov. 14, our own President Cliff Reinke will give us a presentation about online resources that are available to our members.  It’s also time for our annual election of officers.  Join us this Thursday at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton at 7 pm.

PFC 2019 Fall Fruit Show – Oct 26

2019 Fall Fruit Show presented by Peninsula Fruit Club, a chapter of Western Cascade Fruit Society. Come join us for a fun day of fruit tasting and learning about growing fruit. Get your mystery apples identified—bring 4-6 samples of each kind, don’t wash, leave the stems on, tell us about the tree.  Sample hundreds of different varieties of apples, pears, and other fruit. Take in a video or browse our information tables. Learn about pests, diseases, and mason bees.  Find something interesting at our plant sale, and stock up on supplies for next year.  Ask questions of our experts.  Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Details: Sat., Oct. 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton 98312. Take the Loxie Eagans Blvd. exit off Hwy 3 and follow the signs.

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PFC October 10 – Rain gardens

Jan Bahr from Roadhouse Nursery will be speaking to us about rain gardens at the meeting Thursday, Oct. 10.  We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton at 7 pm.