February Member Meeting

Greg Giuliani will be giving a slide presentation in two parts about rootstock.
Part 1: History, characteristics and practical application of rootstocks.
Break for coffee and snacks
Part 2: Geneva Research Station’s development of rootstock for commercial propagation.
Following Greg’s presentation Laure will lead and light pruning and discussion in the orchard.
If you’re going to be doing work in the orchard be sure to note your times for Sandy Bowman’s log. Paul will have a sheet for that purpose.

Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

January Member Meeting

January Member Meeting (Jan 17, 10-12 noon)
Laure Jansen will lead Scion wood preparation workshop
Members bring their own scionwood and will learn how to prepare it for maximum viability when it’s to be grafted. Our March meeting will be the grafting workshop.
Door Prize: Long Handled Fruit Pickers, tined and bucket types.
Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

November Member Meeting

November Member Meeting (Nov 8th, 10-12 noon)
Topic is “Panel Discussion: Cooking with Fruit” feature Tracey Bernal, former Pastry chef.
Open to the public.
The Brig, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Volunteer opportunities at Fall Fruit Show

Many helping hands make lighter work for all volunteers.
The 2014 STFS FFS like past shows has been planned and is being put on by volunteer STFS members.

If you still want to help, please consider volunteering for the following task(s):

 -Arrive at 7 AM at Cedar Valley Grange to unload supplies from vehicles and begin arranging onsite tables and chairs for information displays, fruit sampling and educational talks

 -Arrive at 8 AM at Cedar Valley Grange to spread table cloth, sort and set out fruit for sampling, hang signage and assist other volunteers at display tables

 -Arrive at 9 AM at Cedar Valley Grange to assist with any last minute tasks

 =During the show activities (10 AM to 3 PM) at Cedar Valley Grange: Bring several pieces of any unique fruit varieties you would like to share with other members and attendees during the fruit show

 =During the show activities (10 AM to 3 PM) at Cedar Valley Grange: Enjoy talks, displays and discussion with other attendees and/or assist other volunteers who:

 +Cut fruit for sampling
+Distribute fruit samples to other attendees
+Keep fruit sampling areas clean
+Cider press fruit (outside so bring a coat)
+ID fruits brought onsite
+Build SWD traps
+Lead kids in craft project
+Sharpen tools
+Assist vendors and other volunteers with information displays and at membership/admissions table in the basement
+Announce and direct attendees to upstairs for the following talks: 

@10:30 – Stone Fruit Culture in Spain (Greg Guiliani)
@ 12:00 – Protecting Your Winter Orchard from Furry Pests (Dave Pehling)
@1:00 – Growing Pears in the Pacific Northwest  (Jacky King)
@2:00 – Latest News About Kiwis for Puget Sound Region (Bob Glansman)

 =Arrive or stay until 3 PM at Cedar Valley Grange to assist with teardown and take home fruit and other supplies left over from show  

 All help is appreciated.  Thanks for considering this request. 

Lecture Schedule for Fall Fruit Show, Oct 25

Lectures will be given throughout the day at the
2014 Seattle Tree Fruit Society Fall Fruit Show
Saturday Oct 25, 10am-3pm
Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Here is the lecture schedule.

10:30 – Cherry Production in Zaragoza, Spain (Greg Guiliani)
Greg, along with some other fruit enthusiasts, toured the Zaragoza fruit producing region of Spain in late May and early June. He will present a slide show of the trip and talk about what was learned about this area’s techniques for producing cherries.
12:00 – Protecting Your Winter Orchard from Furry Pests (Dave Pehling)
Dave has worked for the WSU Snohomish extension since 1978. Trained as a Zoologist, he wears many hats, being well regarded for his knowledge of pollination, entomology, and pest management. Dave has taught classes in vertebrate pest management for WSU in the Master Gardener program, as well as the Livestock Advisor program. This presentation will focus on the methods available to control voles and other vertebrate orchard pests.
1:00 – Growing Pears in the Pacific Northwest (Jacky King)
Jacky King has worked at the Fruit Horticulture department of NWREC since 1979. She has been active in many trials at this facility, including Cider Apples, Crab Apples, Grapes, and Alternative Crops. She will discuss the varieties of pears that do well in the Pacific Northwest, the techniques required for a successful crop, and factors that affect the pear crop.
2:00 – The Latest News About Kiwis for the Puget Sound Region (Bob Glansman)
“KiwiBob” will discuss the best methods for success in growing all types of kiwis in the Pacific Northwest. Included in this presentation are discussions of different kiwi species, varieties that perform best in this area, and cultural tips. The recently occurring Actinidia Yellow Leaf Spot (AYLS) disease will also be a focus of this presentation.

Show details:
STFS members – free admission
Members of other WCFS chapters – free admission
Non-members joining STFS when entering FFS – free admission
General public adults – $10 & kids free


The next Member Meeting of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society will be Saturday September 27, 9-11am. The featured talk will be on Cornelian Cherries (Cornus mas). The meeting location is The Brig at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. This meeting is open to the public.

What is a Cornelian Cherry? Here is a catalog description:
“A unique and attractive form of Dogwood, Cornelian Cherry is native to Ukraine and other regions around the Black Sea. Growing as a shrub or small tree, it is valued for its tasty fruit and for its ornamental value. Depending on the variety, Cornelian Cherry fruit can taste like a Cherry or a wild plum. It is very high in Vitamin C and is good for fresh eating, preserves, juice, and wine.” – One Green World



This has been a great year for fruit. Here is another opportunity to turn that bumper apple crop into cider. The Seattle Tree Fruit Society will have a booth at the Sustainable Ballard Festival – Sept. 28, 11:00am to 6:00pm, and will operate a Cider Press all day. Here is a link: http://www.sustainableballard.org/festival/ .

STFS 2014 Fall Fruit Show Poster

Announcing the Seattle Tree Fruit Society Fall Fruit Show
Saturday Oct 25, 10am-1pm
Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036


See a higher resolution version here:
2014 Fall Poster low-res


Planning for the 2014 STFS Fall Fruit Show is now in process. One of the interesting developments is there will be a Rubus single varietal tasting at the show.
If you are growing any variety of cane berries (black berries, raspberries, hybrid black/raspberries, native Rubus species etc), we will be presenting these for tasting at the Fall Fruit show this year. Any presentation is acceptable, as long as it is a single varietal (please label specifically, with no additional flavors added (sugar and pectin are okay). You could make preserves, sorbet, fruit leather, or just frozen berries. Please save fruit now while the berries are ripe !

Summer Pruning Fruit Trees and Espaliers Workshop – Aug 16

STFS “Summer Pruning Fruit Trees and Espaliers” workshop
Date: Aug 16th –Sat.
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Magnuson Park, P-Patch Orchard, next to “The Brig”. More info at : www.seattletreefruitsociety.org.
Hands-on pruning and instruction in summer pruning of fruit trees; why & how to prune in summer. Free for STFS members.