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Come join us (Seattle Tree Fruit Society) for our annual Fruit Sampling, Potluck and October Meeting. There will be over 100 varieties of fruit to sample – Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Kiwi, Grapes, etc..
October 12th, 10:00 to 2:00 – at the Brig Building in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.
We are excited to have Chris Homanics as our speaker again. He will give a presentation at this event. Chris, is a plant preservationist, a breeder, and a farmer in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. He is one of the main drivers of the “Agrarian Sharing Network,” an organization that facilitates traveling exchanges of plant materials. Chris will give a talk on the ins and outs of that wonderful fruit tree – the Pawpaw.
The event is free and open to the public.
You can learn to graft, practice grafting, talk about growing fruit, buy fruit plants, and join our group of enthusiastic fruit growers. Bring your scionwood and cuttings. Volunteer, learn and have fun!
You can buy custom-grafted fruit trees. Scion wood: apple, pear, plum, cherry, fig, grape. Rootstock: prunus, malus, pyrus Plants: strawberries, caneberries, trees and more!
Lectures and Classes:
10:30: Improving Pollination in Blueberries – Weixen Gen; 11:30:Fungi and Fruit; 12:45: Best Pollinators for Each Type of Fruit Tree in our area – Dave Pehling; Basic dormant grafting – Greg Giuliani; 2:00:The Future of Hardy kiwis – kiwibob Glanzman
Kids activities available.
Come join us for our Seattle Tree Fruit Society October Member Meeting. We will talk about and taste loads of common, uncommon and interesting fruits from this year’s harvest around the Northwest. We will have
Saturday 10/13. 10am – 1pm. The Brig, Magnusson Park, Seattle.
View the slides from the presentation by Mark Lee. This talk was given at the Spring Grafting Event of the STFS. March 10, 2018.
Come join Seattle Tree Fruit Society at this fun and educational grafting event & learn how to graft your own fruit tree.
– We will have sion wood (over 100 varieties)
– Rootstock & plants available for you for sale
– Custom Grafting available
– Lectures & Demonstrations offered (grafting, propagation by cuttings, etc)
– Tool Sharpening offered
– FREE & open to the public
– Donations requested for tool sharpening & custom grafting
– Yummy Potluck
Here is a message from the President:
I’m looking forward to the club’s Grafting Event that will be held on March 10th. Our members have been busy collecting scion wood, and there will be over 100 varieties available. There will also be a fair selection of rootstocks. Several grafters have volunteered do perform custom grafting, We will also have tool sharpening services available. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, including those not mentioned here.
As part of this event, we are offering the chance for members to bring their extra plants and horticultural equipment, including books. We will again have several kiwi and fig plants to sell (at a very reasonable cost; donated by Kiwibob Glanzman. There will be several young fruit trees that were donated by Raintree Nursery last year, and nurtured though the year by a couple of members. And, there will be something unusual that you can’t help but try.
We will begin the day, as we do with all our meetings, with a meet and greet (while snacking on the delicious potluck items this club is known for), followed by a brief business meeting. By 11:00, the grafting activities will commence, as will our presentations.
11:00 – 12:15 – Current Projects in My Edible Landscape (Mark Lee)
Mark Lee grows over 300 kinds of edible plants in his suburban garden in Edmonds. This talk will cover projects he is dabbling in.
– Brief introduction to my garden
– Growing apples without irrigation using non-dwarf rootstock.
– Interesting seedlings I have created.
– Plant breeding experiments.
– Strawberries from seed – why bother.
– Making jam without added pectin.
– Drinking the harvest – cider, wine, and beer from my garden
Questions are welcome. There will probably be edible things to sample.
12:30 – 1:30 –Kiwi and Fig Propagation Techniques (Kiwibob Glazman)
Kiwibob will give a hands-on demonstration of propagating techniques for Kiwi and Figs. Kiwibob is the recognized local authority on these fruit crops. He grows several varieties of figs, and several species of kiwi, including Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia arguta, Actinidia kolomikta, Actinidia melanandra, Actinidia tetramera, Actinidia purpurea, Actinidia polygama, and others.
1:30 – 2:30 – Grafting Vegetable Crops (Pinki Devi and Abigail Attavar)
Grafting is a horticultural technique that joins two plants through the connection of their stem vascular tissues, to take advantage of their combined characteristics. The earliest record of vegetable grafting is from 500 AD in China (Lee and Oda, 2003), commercial grafting started in Japan in the 1920s to overcome soil borne diseases in watermelon. Vegetable grafting was introduced to Europe in the 1960s and was brought to North America in the 1990s. The commonly used grafting methods are splice grafting, one-cotyledon grafting, and hole insertion grafting. Vegetable grafting is now gaining popularity because of the phase-out of methyl bromide as a soil fumigant for conventional agriculture, and it is an effective biological disease management tool for organic agriculture. Grafting has the potential to increase commercial cucurbit and solanaceous crop production in the U.S. by overcoming soil-borne pathogen barriers by providing a more vigorous root system, and by increasing fruit quality and improving water and nutrient uptake efficiency. Our current research studies are investigating how to optimize vegetable grafting methods and crop productivity and improve resistance of grafted vegetables to Verticillium wilt.
See you all on Saturday 3/10/2018. If you can’t make the grafting event, come join our monthly meetings on the second Saturday. We meet almost every month at The Brig building, which is located in Magnusson Park in Seattle. See calendar for dates.
More details: Saturday’s lectures will include:
Fruit Tree Pruning (10:00 – Room A); Ecological Soil Management (10:30 – Room B); Pollination (11:00 – Room A); Selecting and Growing Berries (11:45 – Room B); Orchard Pests (12:15 – Room A); Edible Landscaping (1:00 – Room B); Creating a Food Forest (2:00 – Room A).
Come and join us!
Seattle Tree Fruit Society’s 12th Annual Spring 2017 Grafting Show at Highline College in Burien, Building 8
Over 100 varieties of scion wood and compatible rootstock will be available. Our Grafting Show is part of a 2 day event:
Join us for the 1st Annual South King County Urban Ag Food Summit
March 17 (Friday) 2-5pm Demonstration of creating Hugelkultur and Fruit Tree Guilds.
March 18 (Saturday) 10-3pm Grafting Show in combination with Urban Ag displays, vendors and lectures.
Permaculture/Sustainability techniques, soil science, keeping bees, edible landscaping, urban goat keeping, children’s activities and so much more!
Directions: (Highline College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198, USA (map)
We, the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, are hosting a Fruit Variety Tasting as part of our monthly meeting on Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 to 12:30. The event will be held at the View Ridge Room of the Brig Building (#406) at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. The event is open to the public. There will be over 100 varieties of Apples, Pears, Asian pears, Kiwis, Figs, Grapes, and other fruit, for review and sampling.
In addition, Michelle Moyer, a WSU extension grape specialist, will be giving a presentation of grape culture in maritime climates. There will also be an apple identification table at this event. If you have an apple tree, but don’t know what variety it is, please bring four or five samples of the fruit from different parts of the tree, along with a few leaves and wood. An Apple Identification expert will use a series of scientific keys to determine what variety it is. The event is free. All are welcome.
Speaker from the Washington State Department of Agriculture
Come to learn the definition of organic growing in Washington, how and why the definition changes and what are best practices for fruit growers, both on public and private lands.
Here is a quick update and more details on our 2016 Spring Grafting Show happening this weekend:
Friday, 3.18.2016 Noon – 4pm & Saturday, 3.19.2016 10am – 3pm
Highline College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198
Demonstrations and Presentations on Friday. Hands-On Grafting workshops, Root Stock and Scion Wood sales, Lectures, Tool Sharpening and Community Out-Reach Booths on Saturday.
Free Admission, Open to the Public, no preregistration required. Parking, map and directions at:
Sponsored by Highline’s Urban Agriculture program and Permaculture club.
Friday (March 18):
Building 14 (Room 104)
12:15-1:00 – Introduction to Growing Fruit
1:00-1:45 – Soil 101 – The Basics
1:45-2:30 – Orchard Mason Bees
2:30- 4:00 – Fruit Tree Grafting
Saturday (March 19):
(All Saturday lectures will last from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the number of audience questions)
Building 3 (Classroom 102)
10:45 – Beyond Jam
12:00 – Raising Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest
1:15 – Growing Figs
Building 14 (Classroom 105)
10:30 – Three Bees
12:00 – Making Perry Modern
1:30 – Creating a Food Forest
Non-profit organization outreach booths, vendor tables, informational displays on Sat (3/19) from 10 AM to 3 PM only in Building 2 Room 101
Rootstock & scionwood: Sales and grafting services on Sat (3/19) 10 AM to 3 PM: Rootstocks and scionwood will be sold at nominal prices posted at the show. Assistance with grafting will be offered free of charge. Grafting services will be available for a fee. Please find below the initial list of varieties for the upcoming show:
Karmijn de Sonnaville
Rhode Island Greening
Paradisaica Atro Sanguina
Gravenstein, Yellow with strip
(and a few other gravensteins of specific name)
Kidd’s Orange Red
American Golden Russet
Pink Princess Jansen
Tydeman’s Late Orange
Muscat de Bernay
Cap of Liberty
White Winter Pearmain
Belle de Boskoop
Mirabelle de Metz
Reine de Mirabelle
Coe’s Golden Drop
(about 12 more, names not available right now)
at least five varieties
So far no one has donated fig cuttings.
I might able to come up with some “Desert King”.
STSF members are looking forward to seeing you at the event.