SCFS Mtg – Thurs, June 10, 7-9pm “Raspberry nutrition – A tale of chemistry and biology” w/ Qianwen Lu

Economically important small fruit crops are grown commercially across the world, however:
-Do you know why growers apply fertilizers?
-Do you know what nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium deficiencies look like?
-Do you know how to diagnose nutrient problems?
-Do you know how soil biology can enhance nutrient management?

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Qianwen Lu from Washington State University, Department of Horticulture, will share her research ‘Real-time nutrient analysis of raspberry using petiole sap’ and ‘The innovative biofertilizer – Mycorrhizae’. Through which, you will get to know why nutrients are essential to plants, how to diagnose nutrient problems, and what are the innovative biofertilizer and how they function.

Qianwen Lu is a PhD candidate at Washington State University, Department of Horticulture. She is originally from Nanjing, China, a magnificent metropolis full of culture and history as well as modern arts and delectable gourmet foods. At Nanjing Forestry University, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree of Forest Science in 2014 and a Master’s degree of Soil Science in 2017. Meanwhile, she spent one year at the University of Georgia, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, as part of a visiting student program. Later on, she decided to pursue her PhD degree in the United States. Qianwen Lu started her PhD program with Drs. Lisa DeVetter and Haiying Tao in the Fall of 2018. The focus of her PhD research is nutrient management practices in raspberry and blueberry and impacts on plant growth, productivity, fruit quality, and soil health. In her free time, Qianwen enjoys contemporary dance and outdoor activities.

Snohomish County Fruit Society invites you to join us on Thursday, June 10, at 7-9pm via Zoom for this presentation. Due to some interference on previous calls, we are taking extra measures to protect this and future meetings from hackers. If you would like to join us, please email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com for Zoom link 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 SnohomishCFS@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and passcode for this meeting.

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A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
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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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Mike Ewanciw is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Seattle Tree Fruit Society meeting & Presentation

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.

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Topic: Seattle Tree Fruit Society – April Meeting & Presentation

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

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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, SnohomishCFS@gmail.com. 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
https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

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.

Bio: 

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.