North Olympic Fruit Club is having a Brainstorming meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 7th at Tri Area Community Center in Chimacum. We’re serving roast chicken dinner for only $10 or members may bring their own food. Members’ pruning tools will be professionally sharpened this evening.
The new WCFS Snohomish County chapter will meet on Saturday, January 21st from 10 am to noon.
Discussion is “Backyard Blueberries,” led by De Arbogast and Bill buy champix stop smoking tablets Davis.
Everyone is invited.
The location is:
Blue Ridge Fire Station #14
18800 68th Ave. W.
Lynnwood WA 98036
Missy is a Master Gardener, and has been a bee farmer for many years. She has given numerous lectures about the marvelous pollinator that is the Mason Bee. She has spoken at nurseries, garden clubs, schools, scout troop meetings, and private home gatherings. She will teach you about caring for Mason Bees, keeping your hives healthy, and maximizing the pollination benefits of these creatures.
10:00 – 11:10 ‘Producing Apples Organically’ (Harry Burton)
Harry Burton retired at age 50, then began devoting all his time to running Apple Luscious Organic Orchard on Salt Spring Island. He grows over 200 varieties of the best tasting, rare, heritage and unique connoisseur apple varieties, and does so organically. His orchard produces over 8,000 Lbs. annually.
11:10 – 12:15 ‘Growing Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest’ (Hildegaard Hendrickson)
Hildegaard is a retired educator. She manages her “edible backyard” on a city lot. She has grown kiwis for 25 years, as well as figs, apples, pears, plums, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. She is the past Treasurer of the Western Washington Fruit Society. Her other passion is hunting wild mushrooms. She coordinates the identification of wild mushrooms for eth Puget Sound Mycological Society, and teaches wild mushroom identification classes.
11:20 – 12:30 ‘Common Diseases and Insect Pests of Berries’ (Elizabeth Vogt, Phd.)
Elizabeth is the president of the Vashon Island Fruit Club. She is an entomologist and beekeeper and organizes pest management panels for the Vashon Island Fruit Club each year. She will discuss all the common pests of berries, including the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Botrytis, Powdery Mildew, Verticilium Wilt, Leaf Spot, etc. You will learn important biological characteristics of each pest, how to identify them, the damage they cause, and best management practices.
12:30 – 1:30 ‘Summer Pruning’ (Larry Davis)
Larry is a Master Gardener and a 20 year member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society. He lives on a quarter acre city lot with great fruit diversity. His lifetime of gardening has included several years as a volunteer at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Bellevue. He will explain the benefits of summer pruning, when it is appropriate, and how it should be done.
12:40 – 1:45 ‘Red-Fleshed Apples’ (Harry Burton)
Harry will discuss the history of red-fleshed apples, as well as other historic varieties. He will explain why he finds such delight in these varieties. He grows over 20 varieties of red-fleshed apples.
1:45 – 3:00 ‘Fruit Production in Limited Spaces’ (Ingela Wanerstrand)
Ingela is a professional horticulturist with 16 years experience pruning fruit trees and designing edible gardens She lectures and teaches fruit-related classes through City Fruit and Plant Amnesty, and is an active member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society and the Friends of Piper’s Orchards. She will be discussing methods for growing fruit beautifully in small spaces using container, vertical space, espaliers, and more.
1:55 – 3:00 ’30 Years of Applied Permaculture’ (Kristan Johnson)
Kristan is a former President of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Permaculture Institute of North America Board. He has practiced permaculture for over 30 years, and ha taught numerous classes.
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Welcome to the South Sound Fruit Society. Our chapter is based in Olympia but our membership is from the surrounding towns, villages and counties. If you are enjoying growing fruit, berries and nuts or if you have an interest in learning about these foods we have much to share.
As a non-profit organization we are one chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) that promotes education through meetings, tours, workshops, and publications. WCFS supports research both financially and by trials. All members of the South Sound Fruit Society will receive “The Bee Line“, a quarterly publication that is filled with interesting articles and useful information for people living in this region.
In the warm months we enjoy going on field trips to a variety of home orchards and nurseries. Please check the Recent Entries section for our Summer Calendar. All these events give the members a chance to socialize, explore each others successes and learn from the field.
Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm the Organic Farmhouse at Evergreen State College. Please check Recent Entries section for any changes. Directions:
Take HWY 101 to the Evergreen College Exit. First Left on 17th Ave. Right on Simmons Rd. Right on Lewis Rd. Right at mailbox (2712 Lewis Rd.). House is up little hill behind the farm buildings.
All are welcome to the general meetings. We have Monthly speakers, field trips, and garden and orchard tours.
The STFS is composed of home orchard enthusiasts from the greater Seattle region (& surrounding areas) who share a strong interest in growing, maintaining, and eating fruits and berries and nuts. We specialize in growing tree fruit but also grow a wide variety of other bush and vine fruits. A recent survey of STFS members indicates that apples are the most popular fruit grown, followed by pears, plums, raspberries, and blueberries. Most of our members have a strong desire to share their knowledge of fruit horticulture with other members, and to learn from experts who share their knowledge with us. Guests share their expertise in the form of demonstrations, hands-on guidance, and low-key lectures to our group.
If you enjoy growing fruits and berries, and want to learn more from our group of experienced fruit growers, then you would be making a wise choice joining our non-profit organization. Our name says “Seattle” but our members live throughout greater Western Washington. Membership includes the monthly STFS newsletter “The Urban Scion Post” in addition to the Western Cascade Fruit Society quarterly paper ”The Bee Line”. Most STFS monthly meetings are held at 9:30 am on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday from September through May; schedule changes and locations are published in the monthly newsletter and on our website calendar.
In the warmer months, we enjoy getting outside (in lieu of indoor meetings) for field trips to various orchards, farms, and nurseries. Our field trips are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow STFS members. If you have a field trip destination in mind let our president know. For instance, if you have a home orchard that you’d like us to visit, let us know. Annually, we set up and maintain a booth at such interesting locations as the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center in Seattle. Our event’s schedule varies from year to year, a Spring Fruit Show and a Fall Fruit Show are our major events. Members who volunteer to work at our booths receive free admission on the days that they work.
We want to help you grow quality tree, bush, and vine fruit. If you have any questions, please email us and we will try to get you the best answers to your questions that we can. A STFS membership application is available for you to print by clicking on STFS Membership Application