Final Webinar July 10th

Since the 1st Saturday of July is during the 4th of July weekend we will be having our next webinar on July 10, 2021 at 10 am. Special guest Bob Gillespie, a newly retired faculty member and Program Director for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs at Wenatchee Valley College who taught courses in Integrated Pest Management, Field based IPM, Entomology, Plant Science, and Sustainable Agriculture in the Ag Program will be teaching about pollinators and other topics within his field of expertise.

Bob will be helping us at NW Fruit explore ways that we can create habitat in or near the Fruit Garden for pollinators and beneficial insects, spiders, and mites which can help reduce pest levels.

Our members will receive an email with the direct link for the webinar. Non-members can get the link by emailing us at info@wwfrf.org and and asking for the link.

In August we will begin a monthly ZOOM members meeting with an educational talk and question and answer period. This will be a meeting format, rather than a webinar format.

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Next Webinar June 10, 2021

Since the 1st Saturday of July is during the 4th of July weekend we will be having our next webinar on July 10, 2021 at 10 am. Special guest Bob Gillespie, a newly retired faculty member and Program Director for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs at Wenatchee Valley College who taught courses in Integrated Pest Management, Field based IPM, Entomology, Plant Science, and Sustainable Agriculture in the Ag Program will be teaching about pollinators and other topics within his field of expertise.

Bob will be helping us at NW Fruit explore ways that we can create habitat in or near the Fruit Garden for pollinators and beneficial insects, spiders, and mites which can help reduce pest levels.

Check back about June 25th to see a video preview of Bob teaching about insects.

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Webinar link for June 5th

Our webinar on June 5th will have a video showing Bob Baines demonstrating his technique for thinning fruit and pruning branches at the same time. This technique is appropriate for apples and pears over the next month or so. After the video Bob will answer questions.

Here is a preview of Bob’s presentation video. The preview is only about a minute and a half, but there is about 30 minutes blank at the end so don’t be alarmed and think it is so long. Sorry about that. (Kim Siebert)

Register in advance for this free webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xepEFGbRT7a9YthUk0jEkg

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Webinar on May 1st, 2021

We will start with Sam Benowitz talking about rootstocks followed by a presentation by Bob Baines called A Guided Virtual Tour of the Fruit Garden, followed by a Q & A session.

Register in advance for this webinar:
Click here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The webinar for June 5th will be on “Fruit Thinning and Pruning for Controlling Tree Size”, with Bob Baines,

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Change in Schedule for the April 3rd Webinar.

This is what our kiwis looked like just before Kiwibob came to our rescue!. Now we know how to keep them under control.

We will still be having Richard Fairfield talking about the new support structures for the Kiwis and Blueberry netting, but instead of blueberry pruning we will have a video with Kiwibob teaching how to winter prune kiwis. Kiwis need to be pruned twice a year, in January and July. We already have a video with Kiwibob on how to do the summer pruning of kiwis at the bottom of this page. This video on winter pruning of kiwis has never been shown because although he did this class in 2017, I didn’t get around to editing it until now. (Kim Siebert)

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Member link to webinars

If you are a current member we will be sending you an email with the link to view the webinar from last Saturday within a couple of days. Please make sure your email is accepting emails from nwfruit.membership@gmail.com, which is the email we use to send out newsletters and notifications.

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Next Webinar April 3, 2021

We will be covering growing blueberries and our blueberry net structure we use at the Fruit Garden in Mount Vernon. More information to come.

Our new blueberry netting structure is strong and easy to net.
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Best Fruit Tree Varieties for Western Washington

Click here to find an updated version of our Best Varieties handout.

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Next Webinar March 6th

Our next Webinar will be Saturday March 6th at 10 am.

There has been a change to our schedule for the webinar tomorrow. The schedule will be as follows:
10:00 am Selection of Fruit Trees for the Home Garden
10:30 am Annual Membership Meeting followed by a break
10:40 am Short video on how to collect and store scion wood
10:45 am Presentation on Grafting
12:00 pm Selection of Rootstocks
Q & A With Bob & Sam

You can still register for this webinar by clicking here.

Bill Davis grafting at the Winter Field Day in 2018
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Webinar this Saturday March 6th at 10 am

Below is the schedule. You may watch any or all of the presentations you are interested in watching.

10 am  We will start with a short video on how to cut and store scionwood. Then Bill Davis will give a presentation on grafting followed by a Question & Answer time.

11 am We will have our Annual Membership Meeting to elect Board members. Non-members may attend the meeting, but not vote.

11:20 am  Bob Baines – A Beginner’s Guide to Selection of Fruit Trees for the Home Garden.

11:40 am Sam Benowitz –  Rootstock Selection.

Finally we will have a question and answer session where you can ask your questions about growing fruit with Bob Baines and Sam Benowitz.

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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