June 2023 South Sound Fruit Society Meeting : Soils for Orchards and Fruit

Location:  GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)

                  2016 Elliott Ave NW

                  Olympia, WA 98502

Topic:  “Soils for Orchards and Fruit

Presented by Stephen Bramwell

WSU Thurston County Extension Director

Time: June 6, 2023, 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

          Join us at 6:30 pm for casual conversations and questions about fruit.

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Meeting ID: 880 6437 8269

PFC May 11 – Blueberries with Andrea Gergen

Join us on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton to learn all about growing blueberries with Andrea Gergen, Master Gardener and member of Peninsula Fruit Club. Come at 6:40 pm for social time, meeting starts at 7.

South Sound Fruit Society May 2023 Meeting

Topic:  “Round Table Talk about Fruit and Growing Fruit” and deer fencing.

We are going to meet in person Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm and also attempt to offer a hybrid Zoom option! 

You are welcome to join us at 6:30 pm for casual conversation and questions about fruit!

Location:  GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)

               2016 Elliott Ave NW

               Olympia, WA 98502

If you attend in person, please consider bringing a snack to share (optional) and a list of the kinds of fruit you grow.

Do you have questions about the fruit you grow or would like to grow? We hope you will join us Tuesday to talk about fruit!


We apologize in advance if our Zoom attempt is not successful.  This will be an experiment! 

Topic: South Sound Fruit Society’s Hybrid Zoom Meeting

Time: May 2, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

          Join us at 6:30 pm for casual conversations and questions about fruit.

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PFC April 13 – Pests and Control with Alan Lowe

Join us this Thursday, April 13, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton to hear PFC former President Alan Lowe talk about pests and different means of pest control.  The meeting starts at 7 pm, but come from 6:40 on for social time.

South Sound Fruit Society April 2023 Meeting : Get to Know Your Mason Bees

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)

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Meeting ID: 853 5929 6803

South Sound Fruit Society March 2023 Meeting: Permaculture and Food Forests in the Pacific Northwest with Emphasis on Fruit

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, Marisha Auerbach, 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)
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PFC March 9 – Grafting with Mike Geiser

Join us on Thursday, March 9, and learn how to graft. Bring some sticks to practice on. We will have grafting knives available. Mike Geiser will give a brief presentation on grafting, and then there will be hands-on practice. Social time starts at 6:40 pm. Meeting starts at 7 pm at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton.

STFS in-person meeting @ Sky Nursery featuring Ingela Wanerstrand talk Selecting Fruit for PNW Gardens Sat Mar 4th 10 AM-noon

Selecting Fruit for PNW Gardens – What fruits make sense to grow in your own PNW garden rather than paying many dollars at the store? Even in a compact urban backyard, layers of fruit plants from alpine strawberry ground cover to dwarfing multi-cultivar fruit trees can convert sunlight into healthy fresh fruit at arm’s length. Experienced horticulturist and educator Ingela Wanerstrand dba Green Darner Garden Design will cover why you might want to grow your own, plants that consistently fruit in the PNW and ideas for fruit-growing in small spaces. In-stock Sky Nursery fruit plants will be featured during Ingela’s talk.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

When: next Saturday (March 4th) 10 AM to noon; 10:00-10:30 socialize, 10:30-11:00 STFS meeting & 11:00-noon Ingela’s talk. More details in attached handout.

Where: Sky Nursery (18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133, Store open 9-6 Daily, phone 206.546.4851 email sky@skynursery.com) just north of Seattle.

Venue is a large, airy glass-enclosed greenhouse space with apparent good ventilation and probably will be cooler than comfortable so wear an extra layer. Sky has no COVID-19 PPE requirements, so participants need to take COVID-19 precautions they feel are necessary.

Please DON’T BRING REFRESHMENTS TO SHARE WITH OTHER ATTENDEES; Sorry, Sky has requested that due to public participation and lingering COVID-19 concerns, no refreshments be provided by STFS members to share potluck-style with other participants.

STFS meeting this Sat. Feb. 11th 10 AM via zoom features WSU Seth Brawner talk all about cider apples in PNW

STFS Members and Friends,

Hi. STFS 2023 February member meeting is remote via Zoom this Saturday (2/11/23) beginning at 10 AM with STFS President Mike Ewanciw leading.

All members of the public and WCFS chapters are welcomed to attend.

Zoom connection info:

Join Zoom Meeting via computer


Meeting ID: 826 5223 1462

Passcode: 695895

Or join Zoom Meeting via phone

One tap mobile +12532050468,,82652231462#,,,,*695895#

or Dial by your location +1 253 205 0468 US or +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kFl1oLNBF

Meeting ID: same as above

Passcode: same as above

Meeting Agenda:

10:00 – Welcome by STFS President Mike Ewanciw

10:10 – Review of Jan 21st STFS Board meeting happenings (Mike)

10:15 – Member input on whether STFS should continue to sell maggot barriers (Mike)

10:20 – Update on upcoming STFS events

10:30 – Presentation by Seth Brawner graduate student at WSU in Mt. Vernon titled “Growing Cider Apples in a Fruiting Wall System” covering Cider Apple culture and characteristics, Orchard Designs, Management Practices, and growing more apples in less space by maximizing yields.   

11:30 – Q & A with Seth

PFC February 9 – Mason Bees with Jim Ullrich

Jim Ullrich, who purchased Knox Cellars Mason Bees five years ago from the founder Brian Griffin, will be the speaker at our February 9 meeting at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton.  Come any time after 6:30 pm for social time.  The meeting starts at 7 pm.  Jim and his family are passionate about mason bees and enjoy bringing bees to more backyards, introducing people to mason bees, and teaching them about mason beekeeping.