SCFS Mtg “Netting Trees” Thurs 5/9/19

Please join us Thursday evening, May 9, 2019, from 7-9pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, located at 402 2nd Street, Snohomish to hear Barb Burrill from City Fruit, Seattle speak to us about how to net fruit trees to keep the pests out. Barb Burrill will provide tips and tricks to protect your fruit trees, so that they produce more fruit for consuming or sharing! She will discuss basics on local fruit tree pests and why & how to net your fruit trees. City Fruit is a Seattle non-profit that promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate. They promote the sharing of extra fruit, provide assistance in cooking and preserving the fruit, and protect the health and vitality of the trees. Each year, they harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fruit, sharing the vast majority of it with more than 50 food banks and community partners, across the city.

Please come a few minutes early to meet some of our members and enjoy some snacks, desserts, and beverages. We will start our meeting promptly at 7pm with a short business overview. We will continue to dedicate some time for a question & answer session for those members experiencing problems in their orchards (Please bring samples of your issue if possible), and then we will welcome our speaker.

Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402  2nd Street, Snohomish, WA  98290.
The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

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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:
SEMINARS
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 Mtg “Pollinators and Their Fruits” Thurs 4/11/19

Please join us Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, from 7-9pm at the Snohomish  Boys & Girls Club, located at 402 2nd Street, Snohomish to hear Dave Pehling speak to us about Pollinators – the Best pollinators specific to each type of fruit tree grown in our area.

Dave is a retired WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist that has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. He is a Journeyman Beekeeper through the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Special interests include insect pest management, arthropod parasites (especially mosquitoes), and pollinators, especially honey bees. In addition to his entomological work, Dave taught vertebrate pest management for the WSU Extension Master Gardener and Livestock Adviser programs.

Dave continues to teach in the community, including Master Gardner classes.
Please come a few minutes early to meet some of our members and enjoy some
snacks, desserts, and beverages. We will start our meeting promptly at 7pm with a short business overview. We will continue to dedicate some time for a question & answer session for those members experiencing problems in their orchards (Please bring samples of your issue if possible), and then we will welcome our speaker. We look forward to another great year of learning and growing more & better fruit!

Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402  2nd Street, Snohomish, WA  98290.
The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

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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.

FULL PAGE FLYER FOR SCFS FRUIT FESTIVAL – Black and White
FULL PAGE FLYER FOR SCFS FRUIT FESTIVAL – Color
QUARTER SHEET FLYER FOR SCFS FRUIT FESTIVAL

SCFS Mtg “Growing Avocados” Thurs 3/14/19

Please join us Thursday evening, March 14, from 7-9pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, located at 402 2nd Street, Snohomish to hear our very own member, John Cornell, speak to us about Growing Avocados. John is our Board Vice President and has been a commercial avocado grower in California since 1992. His 34 acre orchard in Southwes Riverside County, currently grows Hass and Reed avocados, but they also have Star Ruby Grapefruit, Southern Highbush Blueberries, Seedless Kishu citrus and other assorted citrus and stone fruit. Approximately two acres of John’s California property has experimental rootstocks selected by UC for evaluation trials. If that isn’t enough, John is also the current Editor of the Index Insider Newsletter distributed throughout the avocado grower community and past member of the research committee for the
California Avocado Commission! Bring your pen and note paper as it is sure to be an informative evening!

Please come a few minutes early to meet some of our new members and enjoy some snacks, desserts, and beverages. We will start our meeting promptly at 7pm with a short business overview. We will continue to dedicate some time for a question & answer session for those members experiencing problems in their orchards (Please bring samples of your issue if possible), and then we will welcome our speaker.
We look forward to another great year of learning and growing more & better fruit!

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2 nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

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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)

SCFS Mtg “Treating Anthracnose” Thurs 2/14/19

Please join us Thursday evening, February 14, 2019, from 7-9pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, located at 402  2nd Street, Snohomish to hear Greg Giuliani speak to us about anthracnose in the orchard, how to recognize and then treat the disease.

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. 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!

Please come a few minutes early to meet some of our members and enjoy some snacks, desserts, and beverages. We will start our meeting promptly at 7pm with a short business overview.  We will continue to dedicate some time for a question & answer session for those members experiencing problems in their orchards (Please bring samples of your issue if possible), and then we will welcome our speaker. We look forward to another great year of learning and growing more & better fruit!

Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402  2nd Street, Snohomish, WA  98290.
The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

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