Next STFS Meeting May 8th

STFS & FOPO ‘Meet Up’ May 8th

(FOPO is Friends of Piper Orchard)

Potluck, Lecture, games at Carkeek Park

Door prize: Get a free entry ticket for bringing your own cup and a Nametag (you can make one if you don’t have a STFS nametag)


What is a ‘Meet Up’?  I searched the web and came up with this…

Do something • Learn something Share something • Change something

 A Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest.

Where local community gets together to network, socialize and show-and-tell new technology.


Time:   10:30am to 2pm

Location: Carkeek Park meeting room/Piper Orchard

10:30 Lecture: Bob Norton ‘Summer Pruning’

11:30 Drawing for Door Prize

11:45  Potluck: This is Lunch.  Cake, Drinks, and plates/utensils provided.

12:15 Dessert: A Special Cake by Mike Ewanciw’s friend.

12:30 Fruit Grower’s Jeopardy Game

1:00 Presentation of heritage grape to the Piper Orchard, followed by planting of the grape and tour of the orchard.  I’ve requested an electric cart to get those up to the orchard that cannot walk the ¼ mile flat rolled gravel path.  Hopefully we will have the cart available.


We have a heritage Campbell Early (Island Belle) grape to present to the Piper Orchard.  Bill Horn of the Tahoma Fruit Club informed me that there was a Northwest heritage variety of grape from the site of the original Stretch Island Winery homestead that is now to become the Sehmel (Homestead) Park in Gig Harbor.   Local Master Gardeners heard that there was going to be construction on the site and rescued this grape.  They handed off a 5-gallon sized start of the Campbell Early grape to Bill, who handed it off to me (Lorine Brakken), and we will present it to Piper Orchard’s Andy Zaborski who is planting a row of heritage grapes in the orchard.  We will follow him up to the orchard and get it planted right away.  Hopefully everyone will get to toss a shovel full of dirt in the hole.


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