The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) was created in 1991 to help fund Tree Fruit Varietal Research conducted at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center (NWREC) located in Mount Vernon, WA. We are dedicated to supporting research and educating the public about the special fruit growing concerns of our Pacific Northwest region.
This research program has consisted of the selection and cultivation of tree fruit generally found in temperate zone orchards: apples, pears, Asian pears, plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. The research also covers some fruiting shrubs and less common tree fruits such as currants, gooseberries, aronia, sea buckthorn (also known as seaberry), kiwis, figs, quinces, persimmons, pawpaws, and berries that have potential as alternative fruit crops.
WWFRF volunteers have designed and constructed a 7-acre Fruit Garden at the WSU Center that is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk. The purpose of the Garden is to provide educational opportunities to the public through hands-on viewing, exhibits and gardening experiences. We conduct two Field Days (March and August) each year to demonstrate techniques in pruning, grafting, espalier, and pest and disease control.
Whether you are choosing two or three fruit tree varieties for a small urban backyard or have a larger orchard for family or even farmers-market production, we have the information you are looking for on variety selection and fruit culture here in the Pacific Northwest.
Please join our foundation to help continue this vital research and educational program.
To promote and support research and provide education for growing fruit in Western Washington State.
WWFRF Mission Statement
WWFRF exists to advance fruit horticultural programs for our unique Western Washington maritime climate through advocacy, research, education, and demonstration for the benefit of the general public and the small farmer.
WWFRF Vision Statement
Media emphasis on the nutritional value of consuming ‘fresh’ fruit is contributing to the rise in urban fruit-growing, along with the need to preserve our fruit growing legacy. Through ongoing research – nurseries, small farmers and backyard growers will be provided with the most sustainable fruit varieties and growing techniques for continued success. Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation is positioned to provide the needed support and guidance for this quality-of-life issue.
- Support the WSU Mt. Vernon Research & Extension Center’s fruit research programs via grants, public and commercial membership dues, and volunteer participation.
- Create hands-on opportunities for the general public through:
- Education: seminars on fruit culture, disease, pest control.
- Demonstration: pruning, grafting and espalier techniques.
- Fruit Garden: view and sample successful fruit varieties, and teach excellent cultural techniques.
- Creation of a seven-acre Fruit Garden to demonstrate the value of fruit growing as a design element in the urban landscape… displaying various aspects of fruit culture to landscape architects, planners and home gardeners.
- Enhance public appreciation of the cultural diversity of our region by displaying fruit varieties from around the world.
- Build and maintain alliances with colleague organizations to ensure the economic viability of Western Washington horticulture.