“City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees.” They have developed a mapping application to show the location of fruit trees within Seattle. If you would like to add your fruit trees to the map, or become a member of City Fruit, or volunteer to help, please visit their web site at http://cityfruit.org
City Fruit will be hosting two Summer Fruit Tree pruning classes in Seattle this summer. These are hands on classes taught by some of the most experienced teachers in the area. To register: click on the link of the class you want to attend (These link to the class registration at Brown Paper Tickets). You can also send a check, with the name of the class and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118. Cost is $15 for City Fruit members, $20 for non-members. After registering, you will receive confirmation and the address of the class. If you can’t afford a class but really want to learn, email us at email@example.com.
July 17 Summer Pruning, North Seattle. 10:30 am – noon. Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen). It is most effective between June and late September. Learn the proper techniques at this workshop located in a heritage urban orchard. Ingela Wanerstrand is the owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible garden design and coaching. She has been pruning fruit trees professionally for 14 years and leads the urban agriculture guild of Sustainable Ballard.
Comments on Ingela’s last class: “I wish I had taken this class 10 years ago. It was the best two hours I’ve spent learning about pruning ever.”
Aug 14 Summer Pruning, South Seattle. 10:00 am – noon. Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen). It is most effective between June and late September. This class mixes lecture with hands-on demonstrations in a south Seattle urban orchard. Bill Wanless is co-owner of brooke/wanless gardens, specializing in pruning of small trees, shrubs and vines. He is an ISA-certified arborist with 20 years’ field experience.
Comments on Bill’s last class: “Bill knew what he was talking about, had a nice demeanor, and seemed to really enjoy pruning.” “He made sure we covered all of the relevant content and answered our questions.” “Clear explanations. Good hands on demonstration.” “He knew the subject well.”