PFC – May 12 – Cider Production

Our May meeting will feature a video presentation on cider production with Aiden Kendall and Carol Miles from WSU.  We will meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, at 6:40 pm on Thursday, May 12.

May South Sound Fruit Society: Native Bees

Save the date for our next SSFS meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3, 2022:

  6:30 pm – Zoom opens for social and sharing time

  7:00 pm – Meeting begins with short business/board meeting

  7:15 pm – Presentation about our Native Bees from David Jennings

Time: May 3, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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We are pleased to host this talk about the importance of our native bees and the part they play in pollinating fruit and other crops in western Washington, and how we can be good neighbors with our bees. This conversation will cover an overview of native bees and other pollinators; what pollination is and how it happens. 

Bumble bees are a great gateway into our native bees and other pollinators.   We will focus on our local bumble bees (charismatic megafauna of our pollinator community) as a starting place on the learning path to our local native pollinators.  This will include a quick “how to ID” session for our local bumble bee species, conservation discussion and opportunities for supporting our pollinators.

Learn them, respect them, protect them!

PFC – April 14 – Soil Biology

Joe Seal will be talking about soil biology on April 14. Meetings are resuming at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton 98310 and start at 7 pm. Come early for social time, as the Parks Department wants the building empty by 9 pm.

March 2022 SSFS Meeting: Building a Codling Moth Trap

Building a Codling Moth Trap,  Tuesday March 1st at 7: pm

SSFS is very pleased to have Peg Amandes demonstrate how toBuild a Codling Moth trap. 

She builds them out of easily available material and uses a pheromone lure as an attractant. This trap is specific to Codling Moths.

Most of us have Codling moths, a destructive insect that leaves a burrow in the apple and frass on the exterior. The classic worm in the apple. Pheromone lures have been used with success by Peg and several other members of Western Cascade (our parent club).

Peg is a longtime member and has previously talked on various subjects including maple syrup production from our native Big Leaf maples, fruit preservation techniques, and deterring birds from eating strawberries. Always on the vanguard of what’s happening!

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PFC Spring Grafting Show 2022

Peninsula Fruit Club is currently planning to hold the 2022 Spring Grafting Show on March 19, 2022.

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 and Bud 10 apple rootstock 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 19, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton  98312.

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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

PFC Fall Fruit Show 2021

The Fall Fruit Show is back!

2021 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 them, leave the stems on, tell us about the tree. Sample from 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. Shop the plant sale. Stock up on supplies for next year. Bring your questions, and ask our experts. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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?


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 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 to receive the Zoom link and passcode for this meeting.

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

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. 

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