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.