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Seminars for SCFS Fruit Festival Sat, March 30

Seminars have been updated and posted for the SCFS Fruit Festival, Sat, March 30, 11am-3pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club. See the website for more details:
Noon-1pm – WCFS Annual Member Meeting

1:00-2:00 pm – Session 1
North Seminar Rm: “Native Berries (and the Wildlife they Attract)”
with Monica Van der Vieran
Back by popular demand…!  Monica will address different types of native berries available in the PNW, uses, care, & incorporation into your landscape. Monica received her Bachelors Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Once a scientist, now a communications professional, and always a wildlife/nature nut – Monica has an extremely rich background with the Native Plant Society, Waste Water Treatment, and the National Association of Interpretation (to name a few) and is a great presenter!    Monica has agreed to share her knowledge and passion with our group, and we are thrilled to have her!
South Seminar Rm: “Battling Peach Leaf Curl” with Jerry Gehrke
Jerry is a retired Mechanical Engineer…but don’t let “retired” fool you!  Jerry is a founding member and served on the first board of the Vashon Island Fruit Club in 2004. He has served as VIFC Treasurer for about half the life of VIFC and was part of the team to start the VIFC research fruit tree orchard.  For the last 6 years, Jerry has been the Treasurer of the Western Cascade Fruit Society.  Jerry enjoys experimenting with growing details for fruit trees and the vegetable garden.  We are fortunate to have Jerry share his history and knowledge with us about his nectarine tree shelter and the success he has had in eliminating Peach Leaf Curl.
Gym stage: “Mason Bees: Why They Are One of Our Best Pollinators and How You Can Be Successful at Raising Them” with Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter is the founder and owner of Crown Bees, a native bee company from Woodinville. His experience with mason bees extends over two decades. Dave founded the commercial mason bee industry, Orchard Bee Association, and works with researchers to ensure that what Crown Bees practices is both ethical for the bee and efficient for the farmer/gardener.  Crown Bees has a varied focus from online sales to gardeners, wholesale nurseries, and farmers. Dave was on the advisory board for the 5 year USDA/SCRI Project Integrated Crop Pollinator, which focused on native bees for specialty crops. He co-authored the book The Mason Bee Revolution, and speaks to gardeners, farmers, and researchers throughout the year.
2:00-3:00 pm – Session 2
North Seminar Rm: “Pruning Your Fruit” with Ingela Wanerstrad
Ingela Wanerstrand, was born in Sweden, but raised in Seattle.  She is the owner of Green Darner Garden Design in Seattle, specializing in edible garden design. Ingela has been pruning fruit trees professionally for 15 years, works with the Friends of Piper’s Orchard and Plant Amnesty, and receives high marks for teaching.  Her “biggest passion is beautiful, productive urban food production” and we are so fortunate to have Ingela share her knowledge and passion with us!
South Seminar Rm: “Apple Anthracnose Disease Identification and Treatment Options” with Greg Giuliani
Apple Anthracnose is a fungal disease that significantly impacts apple production in the maritime Pacific Northwest and in regions with similar climates.  The fungus produces cankers on trees and a post-harvest fruit rot known as “Bull’s-eye rot.”  Over the last 6 years, Greg has experimented, successfully, using petroleum jelly to inhibit apple anthracnose lesions from spreading reproductive spores in an effort to break that disease’s reproduction cycle in the orchard. Greg will give a power point presentation about how to recognize and treat the disease. What is really great is that the treatment is quick, easy, inexpensive and has zero collateral tissue damage! Greg has been a Seattle Tree Fruit Society (STFS) member since the late 1990’s and has a small orchard of 30+ trees at his home between Woodinville and Duvall.

SCFS Fruit Festival – Help us get the word out

It’s March and only a few weeks away from our Fruit Festival on Sat, March 30 from 11am-3pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club. Help us spread the word for this free event open to the public. Click on the links below to download either a full page poster or quarter sheet handouts for printing, posting or forwarding as attachments. Visit our Fruit Festival website for more information on this event.

The SCFS Fruit Festival is an event to connect fruit-related resources and information with interested back yard fruit growers from Snohomish County and the Puget Sound. There is a growing list of exhibitors that will be attending, plus seminars, demonstrations, scion wood and root stock available and a really fun kids zone. This last area is going to be full of interactive hands-on activities for kids to learn about a variety of fruit-related areas: soil, water, pollinators, pests & beneficials, plant life cycle, plant types and more. We hope it will be so much fun, the adults might even want to join in! And that doesn’t even include the booths that exhibitors will be bringing. Bats, Bees, Backyard Research, Tilth, Tools, and so much more! Hope to see you there. Thanks for helping us spread the word.


SCFS hosts FRUIT FESTIVAL 3/30, 11a-3p

Join us for a fruit filled day at the FRUIT FESTIVAL, hosted by the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) (a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS). The event will be at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290 on Saturday, March 30 from 11a-3p. There will be an exhibitors hall with fruit-related businesses, organizations, non-profits and educational displays. Several seminars will be held on topics such as pruning, native fruits of Washington, and more. We will also have scionwood, grafting demonstrations, and an interactive fruity kids’ zone.
Tentative Schedule:
11a – 3p – Exhibitor Hall – fruit-related business, organizations, non-profits, & educational displays (Farmer Frog, Sno-Valley Tilth, Evergreen Fair Open Class, Western Cascade Fruit Society, etc). Also fun & fruity Kids Interactive Zone
12p-1p – Brown Bag lunch Seminar & WCFS Annual Member Meeting
1p-2p and 2-3 – Seminar Session 1 & 2 (Pruning, Native Fruits of Washington State, etc)

Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool Jan 26

Saturday, January 26, the Stanwood FFA, WSU Livestock Master Foundation, and WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association will again present the Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool. You can attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with other small farmers, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses. Registration is required. This year’s speaker is notable Dr. Temple Grandin.

More information at:

SCFS at Seed Savers Exchange Feb 2

Come join us at the Snoqualmie Seed Exchange, Saturday, February 2, 11 am to 2 pm at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, WA. SCFS will have a booth at this year’s exchange. It’s a free community event for all gardeners and small farmers. More details on the 2019 Event Page

Demonstrations • Vendors/Exhibitors •
Kids’ Area • How to come prepared • Map to Cedarcrest High School
Lots of Seeds have been donated!

Join us at the Evergreen Fair

Now that the smoke has finally begun to clear, it’s time to head outdoors. Hopefully that includes a trip to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, going on now through September 3. SCFS has a booth in the 260 area, between the Red Gate and the Grandstand and right next to the bee booth. SCFS Members will be manning the booth on the weekends as well as the last day of the fair. Stop in an say hello and take a look at the display including a list of the upcoming seminars for this fall. Enjoy!

Feb 24 Prune-a-thon at Sky Nursery

Saturday, February 24, from 9am – 4pm

Join Plant Amnesty and Sky Nursery for a full day of free pruning demonstrations, consultations, and fun.
Free pruning seminars throughout the day on various topics:

9:30 Structural Pruning Young Trees
11:00 Clematis Made Easy
12:30 Training Young Fruit Trees
2:00 Pruning Japanese Maples

Horticultural organizations to answer your questions:
Plant Amnesty
Seattle Tree Fruit Society
The Garden Hotline
Master Gardeners
NE Seattle Tool Library

Free mini design consultations with local landscapers.
Walk & Talk with a Plant Geek–tour Sky Nursery with an expert and get answers to your plant questions.
Bring your hand pruners for sharpening (no saws!) and learn to clean and care for your tools.

A portion of Sky’s sales for the day will be donated to Plant Amnesty to support their educational programs.