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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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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