Next Webinar March 6th

Our next Webinar will be Saturday March 6th at 10 am. The schedule is:

Selection and care of Fruit Trees for the Home Gardener by Bob Baines. 

Annual Membership Meeting

Grafting presentation by Bill Davis.

Question and answers about growing and grafting fruit.

The link to register for the webinar will be emailed to all our current members 8 days before the webinar. The link will be put on our website 3 days before the webinar so non-members can register. If you would like to become a member click here.

Bill Davis grafting at the Winter Field Day in 2018
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Webinar this Saturday February 13th at 10 am

We will start with a short video on how to cut and store scionwood, which is something that should be done now.

After that Bob Baines will give a presentation on how to prune neglected apple and pear trees.

Finally we will have a question and answer session where you can ask your questons about growing fruit with Bob Baines and Sam Benowitz, the founder of Raintree Nursery.

Please click here to register for the webinar, which is free to all but we have a limited number of slots available.

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Dr. Bob Norton

We have received news that Dr. Bob Norton, who was the the supervisor for Washington Sate University’s Research Station at Mount Vernon for 30 years starting in the early 60’s, passed away yesterday. Dr. Norton was a frequent speaker at out Winter Field Day. We will have an article about Dr. Norton in our June newsletter.

Dr Norton in 2011 at the Winter Field Day
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Educational Webinars to start on February 13th, 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will begin a series of educational webinars for 2021. In March our Winter Field Day with Annual Membership Meeting will take place during the webinar, since we are unable to have it at a regular event, so we encourage members to attend. The webinars are free for non-members as well as for members, but members have first opportunity to reserve attendee slots. Check here for more information including the schedule through June. We will also be sending emails to update our members about our plans.

Only current members will receive the emails so when you get your newsletter later this week ( of the 2nd of Feb) check next to the black arrow on the back to see if your membership has expired.

We will be making scion wood available through Seattle Tree Fruit Society

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A Great Loss

Our Fruit Garden Designer, past president and long term board member, Kristan Johnson, passed away this month on November 17th.

Kristan was hired by WWFRF in 1997 to design the Fruit Garden and he ended up designing the basic layout of the entire WSU Volunteer Display Garden area. That same year he began to serve on the board of directors of WWFRF, and later served as president for 6 years. As the Fruit Garden designer and chair of the Fruit Garden committee, he guided the development of the Fruit Garden through the years and even personally moved many of the plants that were transplanted from the WSU plots so that they would remain available for public viewing after the WSU tests were competed.

Kristan had boundless enthusiasm, energy, and a multitude of ideas which he channeled into projects such as the Fruit Garden self-guided tour signs and the unique espalier Welcome sign. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Tom Wake (Garden Manager), Christy Nieto, and Kristan Johnson in 2015

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What’s coming next?

We are making plans for next year and all we can tell you right now is that our Winter Field Day with Annual Membership Meeting will take place online. We are hoping to be able to make scion wood available and we hope to have a series of educational online classes with the audience able to ask the instructor their questions at the end of the class. Check here for more information in early January and we will also be sending emails to update our members about our plans.

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Apple & Pear pickup info email was sent to current members

The email was sent to current members about 10 days ago. If you are a current member and have not signed up for a time slot coming this Saturday the 10th, and cannot find the info email please send an email to info@wwfrf.org if you wish to get another email sent to you.

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Apple & Pear Day pickup information email coming soon

We are still working out the details, but those of you with current memberships will receive their emails with information about how to get a time slot for the Apple and Pear Pickup day by Thursday, September 24th. October 10th will be one day set aside for picking up fruit, beginning at 10 am to 1 pm or maybe a little later.

Sorry about the delay. This is something entirely new for us so it is taking us a little more time than expected to work out the details.

Thank you.

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Apple and Pear Day alternative

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our Sample the Apple & Pear Harvest day is cancelled. However, we are working on an alternative way to distribute fruit to our members. The newsletter will be coming out by email at the end of next week and it will give details about the fruit distribution.

The newsletter will be sent out to people who’s membership has expired during the last 2 or 3 years, as well as current members. Be sure to read the email for it will tell you whether your membership is current or if you need to renew. Only people with current memberships will be sent the link and information about how to get an appointment for picking up apples and pears.

More information will be posted here on the website soon.

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Winter Field Day Cancelled!

We are sorry to have to announce that our Winter Field Day, which was to take place this Saturday, the 7th of March, is cancelled due to concerns over the Coronavirus. Several of our speakers have cancelled and other people have expressed concern. We will cover the same subjects next year. Here is a letter from our President, Bob Baines about this.

To members and fans of WWFRF – NW Fruit

I am sorry to announce that we have canceled out 2020 Winter Field Day. Coronavirus has been dominating the news for the past month, but multiple cases and several deaths in Western Washington this week have very much brought it “closer to home” Our event planners and board members have been discussing whether to cancel for several days. While public health experts have not called for a ban on public events at this time, they have asked the public to remain calm but to be cautious. Based on a vote of all of our Board of Directors we agreed to cancel the event with no objections (with one vote of “present”). Several of our speakers and key event coordinators had concerns about themselves or family members being in the “most vulnerable” demographic groups and do not wish to attend. The Winter Field Day is our most important event of the years and regional fruit growers consider it one of highlights of the fruit growing education calendar, but it would be a stretch to call it essential. Without the key participants who have declined to attend this year we don’t feel that we could provide the quality experience that our guests have come to expect. Our sincere apology to anyone who has been inconvenienced by our decision.

The scionwood we have collected and prepared will be made available to other regional fruit clubs if they decide to host their typical spring fruit shows. We plan to host a fruit education event sometime this summer to make up for the lost educational and outreach opportunity. Such an event would include our annual membership meeting which we normally have during the Winter Field Day.

Our organization has been experiencing some recent growth and revitalization which you can read about in my President’s Message in our recent newsletter found on our website. I hope that we can generate some new activity this year and turn this lemon into lemonade. So please check the website regularly to see what’s happening.

Bob Baines

President

WWFRF – NW Fruit

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