SCFS Mtg “Currants, Gooseberries and their Hybrids” Thurs, Mar 9 @7pm

Please join us on Thursday, March 9, from 7-9 pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club to listen to Alexander Eppler speak to us about currants, gooseberries and their hybrids, their cultivation and their uses.  We are thrilled to host Mr. Eppler, past President of the Ribes Association.  Mr. Eppler has grown ribes since the 1970’s in both Europe and the USA, both privately and commercially.  Mr. Eppler was formerly part of the Bulgarian State Conservatory as a conductor and, currently owns Eppler Flutes.  It is sure to be an interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. 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 Mtg “Sno-Valley Tilth” Thurs, Jan 12 @7pm

Claire Foster of Sno-Valley Tilth will be joining us to share about their organization and vision, “More farmers on more farmland, growing more sustainable food and fiber for our community.” She’ll talk about some of their activities such as…

  • monthly free potluck talks and farm tours (connecting farmers to each other and eaters to farmers) 
  • Carnation Farmers Market (connecting eaters to farmers)
  • Experience Farming Project (connecting new farmers to low-cost land and to mentors)
  • farm-positive public policy advocacy (connecting farmers to our representatives)
  • consumer outreach (farm member directory and online advocacy)
  • our other efforts to build a strong farm and food based community (happy hours, email list-serve, cooperative sourcing and sharing)

Ms. Foster became involved in SnoValley Tilth in 2003 after taking a discussion course on sustainability and deciding that improving food system sustainability would be a good place for her efforts. She realized that since we all eat three meals a day and there are billions of people on the planet, small changes in our food system have the capacity for large changes in societal sustainability. She helped to launch the Carnation Farmers Market starting in 2002 and has hosted one of the Experience Farming Project sites on her farm property. She has served on the board of directors since 2005 and is currently the Secretary.

This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting will precede the speaker.

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

SCFS Mtg “Food Storage” Thurs, Dec 8 @7pm

Though my fruit has long been in, the last few root crops came out of my garden just this week before the colder weather sets in. I want to store them for fresh eating, but how? Come this Thursday to hear SCFS Member, Jim Holt, give us some options, both for fruits and vegetables. Jim will specifically be focusing on non-electrical storage (ie – something other than an extra fridge in the garage such as a root cellar, cold storage, etc). Come and find out how you can continue to enjoy the fresh fruits of your labor even through the winter.

This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting and elections will precede the speaker.

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

SCFS Mtg “Mason Bees” Thurs, Nov 10@7pm

Mason Bees – gentle, amazing pollinators, and easy to raise. We are fortunate enough to have a local mason bee expert, Dave Hunter, founder and owner of Crown Bees in Woodinville share with us this week about these bees. Dave is also the founder of the commercial organization, Orchard Bee Association and has served on the advisory board of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative for 10 years. He works with researchers across the world to ensure that what is known about mason bees is centralized and shared with all.


Crown Bees raises and sells solitary bees online, in nurseries, in orchards, and soon to be big box. They are working to change how the world pollinates it food.

This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting will *follow* the speaker.

SCFS Mtg “Biochar” Thurs, Oct 13@7pm

Ever heard of Biochar? It is a type of charcoal used as a soil amendment with a wealth of potential.

This month’s Snohomish County fruit Society’s speaker, Norm Baker, says…
Biochar is going to play an incredibly important role in our future. There are three different areas of our economy culture and lifestyle where it will be important.
-First, it will be involved in renewable energy from biomass.
-Second, it will also be involved in improving soil fertility and reclaiming depleted agricultural soils around the world. It can even improve the best of our modern organic soils for agriculture and gardening.
-Third, it is slowly becoming apparent that biochar is the most efficient, most effective and most direct way to combat global warming.

Norm Baker received a BS, MS, and PhD in entomology and ecology. He has been a practicing environmentalist his entire adult life and has had a number of jobs and careers throughout his life. Currently he is  a member of the Executive Committee of the North Olympic group of the Sierra Club and has been since its inception seven years ago. One of the issues he works on is biochar.

This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting will precede the speaker.

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

SCFS Meeting: Pests and Beneficial Bugs with Martha Clatterbaugh; 9/8/16 @7pm

Good bug, bad bug – maybe you shouldn’t kill it until you know whether it’s helping or hurting your plants. Come hear Martha Clatterbaugh, Master Gardener, share with us about those pests and beneficial bugs in your garden.

Matha Clatterbaugh is a WSU Snohomish County Master Gardener and life-long gardener. She is an enthusiastic observer and student of garden insects. She lives in Bothell, where she grows vegetables and fruits and raises mason bees in season.

This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society is Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting will precede the speaker.

WWFRF hosts Kiwi/Fig Workshop

Saturday, July 16, Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF), based at the WSU Mt. Vernon display gardens, will replace their cherry day with a  Kiwi/Fig Workshop and Fruit Sampling Day beginning at 10:30 am. Check their website for details: http://nwfruit.org/cherry-sampling-day/

They hope to have blueberries and some plums for people to take home. There will also be a demonstration of summer pruning of apple/pear trees and a demonstration of bud grafting.

This event is free to WWFRF members and $15 for non-members.

They are also asking that anyone who has kiwis would check them for signs of AYLS (Actinidia Yellow Leaf Spot). Go to https://kiwifruitayls.wordpress.com/  for more information and to report whether your plants are affected. This will help Kiwibob to map which areas are affected.

Schedule
10:15        Registration
10:30-11:30       Kiwi and fig workshop
11:30-12:15       Fruit Sampling
12:15-1:15       Summer pruning of apple trees and bud grafting demonstration