Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

The Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association shares in and benefits from the personal experience of successful fruit growing in Alaska and seeks to educate any person(s) interested in fruit growing.

Our Mission
  • Locate, test and preserve superior or special fruit, berry and nut varieties relevant to Alaska.
  • Identify unique cultural methods/materials, propagation techniques, fruit breeding and grafting procedures, adaptations of species and cultivars and all other aspects of fruit growing.
  • Evaluate various fruit cultivars for hardiness in our local climate.
  • Provide instruction to and exchange information with members and anyone interested in fruit growing techniques and cultural practices.
  • Assist in group ordering of materials.
  • Promote communication and friendship between members and other fruit growing enthusiasts.
  • Encouraging friends and neighbors to establish their own fruit trees, bushes and shrubs.
  • Provide assistance to the Cooperative Extension Service to the extent possible.


Become a member! Membership gives you:

  • Access to members-only classifieds and forum
  • Access to the most recent association newsletters
  • Orchard tours, pruning workshops, and many other association activities
Dues are only $16 a year!

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Featured Fruit: Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry

Rubus idaeus


“Boyne” Raspberry

Native to North America, red raspberries grow from perennial roots.  The tall, thorny canes are brownish red and woody, reach full size the first year, produce heavily the second year, then die and are replaced by new canes.  Leaves consist of 3 to 5 irregularly toothed leaflets, whitish and hairy underneath.  Flowers are white, with 5 petals, and appear in clusters.  Fruits are red when ripe, and are made up of numerous tiny druplets.  Summer bearing varieties only produce fruit once per cane, while everbearing canes fruit a little the first year on the upper third of the cane and then the second year on the lower 2/3 of the cane.  Wild varieties, shorter than cultivated varieties, can be found in thickets and at forest edges, often near water or roadsides in full sun.  The best berries come from plants that receive winter chill and a slow warm up period in the spring.  Good drainage is a must.  During flowering and fruiting, the plants are heavy feeders and need consistent moisture.  Collect raspberries in the late summer and early fall.