2022 Grafting workshop

Our first public grafting workshop since the start of the pandemic will be on Saturday, April 23 in the All-Purpose Room at Begich Middle School in East Anchorage. The schedule will be as follows:             11 am – Volunteers arrive and set up             11:30 am – Open for members (bring scion wood,…

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Pruning Workshop and Grafting Workshop Canceled

The Board of Directors have made the decision to cancel the upcoming Pruning Workshop scheduled for March 28, and the Grafting Workshop scheduled for April 18. Those who placed bulk orders will be notified of when and where you may pick up your order.

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Renew your membership using your credit card

You can to renew your membership online with a credit card by clicking “Join”.  Scroll down the page and select your membership option to add it to the cart.  You will see the cart icon at the top right.  Simply click on that to complete your membership form and payment.

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January Meeting

Thursday, January 9th at the BP Energy Building.  The festivities begin at 6:30 pm with some refreshments and the opportunity to socialize with your fellow fruit growers.  Any food or drink that you might wish to contribute to our hospitality table would be much appreciated.At 7:00 pm we will have a short board meeting followed…

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December Meeting

Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center.  Join us at 6:30 pm for some refreshments and the opportunity to socialize.  Any food or drink that you might wish to contribute to our hospitality table would be much appreciated.Program: Annie Brownlee: Fruit Tree Physiology and Growth

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November Meeting

Our first winter meeting is Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm at the BP Energy Center.  This is an important meeting that you should plan to attend.  This is our annual membership meeting where we present the president’s year-end review, the treasurer’s report, and we vote to fill openings on the board.  Usually, if time permits, everyone shares…

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September 19th Apple & Fruit Tasting

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm at the BP Energy Center will be an apple/fruit tasting for our members. Non-members may attend for a charge of $5 per person. Come to the tasting to find out what apple varieties to add to your orchard. Set-up for the tasting will begin at 6:30 pm

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March Meeting

Please plan to attend the APFGA general membership meeting on Thursday, March 14th, at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508 (southwest of main office tower – west of the Marriott) . At 6:30 pm there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize before the meeting is called to order at…

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February Meeting

Please plan to attend the APFGA general membership meeting on Thursday, February 14th, at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508 (southwest of main office tower – west of the Marriott) . At 6:30 pm there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize before the meeting is called to order at…

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January Meeting

Please plan to attend the APFGA general membership meeting on Thursday, January 10th, at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508 (southwest of main office tower – west of the Marriott) . At 6:30 pm there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize before the meeting is called to order at…

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Next Meeting December 13th at BP Energy Center

Please plan to attend the APFGA general membership meeting on Thursday, December 13th, at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508 (southwest of main office tower – west of the Marriott) . At 6:30 pm there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize before the meeting is called to order at…

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May 12 (Member-Only) Top-Working Demonstrations

Do you have an apple or crab apple tree that produces apples that you don’t like?  Do you have limited space but would like more varieties of apples?  Then join us for Top-Working Demonstrations on Saturday, May 12, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm in the Valley. Apple grower Dan Elliot will demonstrate how to prune…

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April 21 Grafting Workshop – Grow Your Own Apple Tree

The Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association (APFGA) will hold their annual Apple Grafting Workshop from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Spenard Church of Love, 3502 Spenard Rd, Anchorage.  This workshop is open to the general public and provides free grafting instruction and apple scion wood with the purchase of at least…

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March 24: Member-Only Pruning event

The annual APFGA pruning workshop will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm.  The workshop will be led by the club’s master pruner, Dan Elliot.  Pruning is essential to the health and vitality of fruit trees.  This is the perfect opportunity to watch and learn sound pruning techniques, practice, and/or get a refresher…

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Next Meeting March 8th at BP Energy Center

You are cordially invited to the March APFGA general membership meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 pm in the BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd (southwest of main office tower – west of the Marriot) . Our evening program will be presented by Debbie Hinchey: Tree Science Applied to Buying, Planting, Pruning and Care of…

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Upcoming events, March and April…

Add these dates to your calendar! March 8 – Monthly meeting, with a presentation on Tree Science Applied to Fruit Trees March 24 – Annual Pruning Workshop at Boyer’s Greenhouse: Get pruning tips and then help prune and clean up this pioneer fruit-growing establishment. No experience necessary. April 21 – Grafting Workshop: Get Alaska-suitable rootstock and…

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Lammers Orchard video

If you missed the APFGA meeting last night, which featured Scott Lammers talking about his dad’s historic Fairbanks apple orchard, here is a link to a video about the orchard on FaceBook. Clair was a true Alaskan fruit pioneer! https://www.facebook.com/pg/ClairsCultivations/videos/?ref=page_internal

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NEXT MEETING: February 15th (date change)

You are cordially invited to our February general membership meeting on Thursday, February 15, at 6:30 pm in the BP Energy Center. Please note the change of date from our usual meeting day.  It was decided at the January membership meeting to change the meeting date to accommodate our presenter, Scott Lammers. Scott is the…

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Next Meeting, January 11th at BP Energy Center 6:30

You are cordially invited to our first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 11, at 6:30 pm in the BP Energy Center. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to talk and socialize with other members before the meeting is called to order at 7:00 pm.  Please bring any cookies or light refreshments that…

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Anchorage Apple Grafting Workshop — April 15th

APFGA’s annual apple grafting workshop will be held April 15th at Dimond Greenhouse from 1pm-3pm. The event is free, but you must buy the rootstock you’ll graft onto. Rootstock will cost $3. APFGA members will be there to demonstrate or assist you with grafting your own apple tree(s)! Consider bringing the following items: A plastic…

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Fairbanks Apple Grafting Workshops

There will be multiple apple grafting clinics in Fairbanks. Information on this event is below. Time: BEGINNER May 4 Thursday 6-9 p.m. BEGINNER May 6 Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. INTERMEDIATE For those with previous grafting experience. May 7 Sunday 10 a.m.–1 p.m Location: UAF Arctic Health Research Building, 901 S. Koyukuk Drive, Room 1W05. Free…

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2017 Meeting Schedule

General meetings are suspended from March through October. During this time APFGA has tours, workshops, and other such events. Should any business come up that requires a meeting, the membership will be notified as per the Bylaws. Please note, dates and times subject to change. 2017 Schedule of Meetings and Tours Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers…

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Meeting and Activity Schedule for 2016

General meetings are suspended from March through September. During this time APFGA has tours, workshops, and other such events. Should any business come up that requires a meeting, the membership will be notified as per the Bylaws.

Please note, dates and times subject to change.

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General Reminders

Don’t forget to send interesting Gardening articles, ideas, and recipes to Shannon Kesting editor@apfga.org for the newsletter. Our Gallery page could use more pictures of plants, fruit and APFGA events. Send those digital photos to our webmaster with a brief caption for posting.

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Bob Boyer

It is with great sadness I report that Founding and Lifetime member Bob Boyer passed away on June 20, 2014. Bob’s passion for Fruit Growing never waned over the years. His enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge on fruit growing will be hard to replace. Our deepest Sympathy go out to his wife Marianne…

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Membership Loss…

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Clair Lammers and Alice Brewer, life time members and true Pioneers of fruit growing in Alaska. Clair passed away on December 24, 2012 and Alice on December 30, 2012. They both will be greatly missed.

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SWEET CHERRY OBSERVATIONS

(article continued from October)   It is worth mentioning the cherries – which were not ripe. ‘Stella’ which is self- fertile, was not ripe, and neither were ‘Yellow Glass’ or ‘Gold’, two extremely hardy yellow sweet cherries. ‘Hedelfingen’, an old German Variety, was barely ripe (it ripens ahead of ‘Stella’). The tree of ‘Lapins’ in…

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HARDY PEARS – COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS

By Bob Purvis   While visiting the Saanichton Plant Quarantine Station on Vancouver Island, B.C., September 10, 1990, I tasted some of the hardy pear varieties recommended in times past to members of the Alaska NAFEX. Because Whitney’s 0 & N has been propagating these for Alaska NAFEX members, I was anxious to see what…

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MOOSE PROBLEMS?

If you have not covered or protected your fruit trees from the moose, you may want to do so immediately. Deep snows and scarce moose feed has already created problems in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. For a quick solution it is advisable to cover fruit trees less than 5 feet tall with landscape cloth…

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YUKON GARDENS

I visited Yukon Gardens in Whitehorse, YT this past summer, and I would recommend it to anyone who happens to be in that area. Yukon Gardens has a significant planting of fruit trees including apples, cherries, plums and pears. The trees are planted in a large L-shaped raised bed facing south and west, backed by…

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VISIT TO ST. LAWRENCE NURSERIES

On Nov 20-21, 1989 I visited St. Lawrence Nurseries near Potsdam New York. Bill and Diana MacKentley own and operate the nursery. We discussed problems related to propagation of nursery stock. He had an unusually large number of failures in grafting new trees of Nova’ pear onto Pyrus communis rootstocks from Lawyer Nursery this past…

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SUMMARY OF FEBRUARY MEETING (1990)

At the February 8 meeting, Helen Butcher introduced Josephine Jureliet, a long-time Alaskan from Haines. Jo gave a fine slide presentation on her trees and garden in Haines Jo has successfully grown Yellow Transparent’ (her favorite), ‘Northern Spy’, ‘Early Gold’, ‘Bing cherry’, ‘Black Tartarian’ cherry (the earliest to bear fruit), and unknown crabapples. With the…

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SURVIVAL OF FRUIT TREES IN DELTA JUNCTION 1988-89

Below is a summary of the survival of our fruit trees after the winter of 1988-89. We experienced about a week of temperatures in the -60 F range with a low of -68 F. They were protected by 18 inches of sawdust in a 12 inch diameter metal cannister and a snow cover of about…

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SUMMARY OF JANUARY MEETING (1990)

Wayne Vandre from the Cooperative Extension Service spoke to our chapter on how to provide a favorable growing environment in a greenhouse for those of us who desire an improved environment to grow better fruits and vegetables. He presented an extensive slide show of greenhouses in Alaska and discussed the advantages and disadvantages encountered with…

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1988-89 WINTER HARDINESS REPORT: Purvis

  By Robert A. Purvis   The winter of 1988-89 was a “test winter” in both Southcentral Alaska and in the Interior, with temperatures dipping into the -30 to -40°F range in Southcentral and into the -50 to -70°F range in Fairbanks and vicinity. As such, this past winter can provide valuable information on how…

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MAY MEETING FEATURES JAMES AND RILEY

  By Robert Purvis The May 10, 1989, meeting of the Alaska Chapter, North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX), attracted 28 people, who enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Herb James on the growing of asparagus and Julie Riley’s discussion of raspberries and strawberries. Herb obtained unnamed Canadian varieties of asparagus, which have done well for him…

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ALASKA FRUIT CALENDAR

  BY ROBERT A. PURVIS     Feb, 15-April 15 –        Harvest scionwood from trees which you want to propagate, Store scions at temperatures under 40°F, in a waterproof plastic bag. Keep moist but not wet. April 15-30 –        Remove dead canes from raspberry bushes. April 30 –        Prune apple and other fruit trees. Prune…

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SWEATING IT OUT WITH TOKA

By Robert Purvis   On the first of May, I spoke with Lawyer Nursery about problems that chapter members were having with the Toka plum trees they’d shipped to us. Dan Lawyer, one of the officers of the corporation, spoke about a condition called “overdormancy” into which pear and plum trees sometimes slide, in which…

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CANADIAN COMMENTS

  By Robert Purvis In February, I received a letter from Doug Woodard, 208 Russell Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 1W8, Doug is an active member of NAFEX and had much valuable information to share with me, which may be useful to other members of the Alaska Chapter of NAFEX. I’ve sorted out the information…

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PROSSER: VIRUS-TESTED PROPAGATING MATERIAL

By Robert Purvis Recently, I sent for and obtained a listing of the virus-indexed fruit-tree scions in the IR-2 repository of the Ag Research and Extension Center at Prosser, Washington, Among apricots they have all the Har- series from Canada, Manchu, Scout, Goldcot, Puget Gold, and about 25 others. Among the hardy plums I noted…

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FRONT AND CENTER: CLAIR LAMMERS

Chapter member Clair Lammers has been in touch with me a few times over the past two months and has written down some of the things he is testing in a very favorable microclimate close to Fairbanks. During the nine years he has kept records, it has yet to go below -32 F at his…

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STRAWBERRIES WORLDWIDE

  Strawberries are grown in most temperate regions with world production approaching 2,000,000 metric tons. The U.S. is the world leader in strawberry production with 20-25% of the total world market. California produces approximately 80$ of the U.S. crop, and consequently the most important cultivars are ‘Douglas’, ‘Chandler’, ‘Tufts’, ‘Pajaro’, ‘Aiko’ and ‘Selva’. These cultivars…

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ALASKAN APPLE-TREE CENSUS RESPONSE FROM JERROLD KOERNER OF KETCHIKAN

    One of the most interesting census reports received so far was from Jerrold Koerner of Ketchikan. He is growing 262 varieties of apple, of which 25 are producing. His variety list is reproduced below; it includes a number of English varieties. The oldest trees are now ten years old. His favorite three varieties…

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Editor's note — Lingonberries

Every bit of the lowbush cranberry (lingonberry) that is produced in Scandinavia – many, many tons – is harvested from the wild. Seeds may be extracted by placing whole berries into a blender with water. Run the blender for 10-15 seconds, then allow the seeds to settle. The pulp and bad seeds rises to the…

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News from a half-high blueberry grower

I ordered about 200 plantlets of the half high blueberries from Minn-Viho and they arrived May 1. To say I was shocked at their appearance would be no exaggeration. I had prepared two raised beds filled with about a 50-50 mix of top soil and peat moss with two or three bags of cow manure…

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Lingonberry Cultivation

Another group of individuals who attended the International Vaccinium symposium was an enthusiastic European contingent of lingonberry producers. The individuals from Finland were emphasizing wild stand enhancement rather than field cultivation because the wild stands were so abundant and productive, that the additional effort was unnecessary. Finns gather ample supplies for the fresh market and…

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A few comments on half-high blueberries

In August, I had the opportunity to attend the International Society for Horticultural Science’s symposium on Vaccinium culture. The meeting was attended by researchers from all over the world including Dave Wildung from the North Central Experiment Station, Grand Rapids Minnesota. The half high blueberries, ‘Northblue’, ‘Northsky’ and ‘Northcountry’ were developed at the U of…

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A plum tree in Interior Alaska – 1988

Vic Johnson, a Fairbanks NAFEX member, was perusing the fruit exhibits at the Alaska State Fair in Fairbanks this summer when he spotted  an entry of ripe plums! He got the name of the  entrant from the tag and called Roxanne Braban who lives at 6.5 mile old Richardson Highway, North Pole. Roxanne told Vic…

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Overwintering Fruit trees in Alaska 1988

During the winters of 1986 and 1987 and 1987 to 1988 I overwintered in pots, a number of apple, pear, plum, apricot, and sweet and tart cherry trees. The decision to grow things in pots was based on these considerations: First, a black plastic pot provides a warm environment for growing new roots on bare-root…

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A few Baccata facts

Did you know (or ever want to know?) that malus baccata was first introduced as a cultivated plant in 1784 by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Q, Richmond, Surrey, England. It grows wild in North Eastern Asia to Northern China. It has been hybridized with at least four other Crabapple species and the list of named…

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News from Fairbanks, 1988

I picked a single fruit off my “Yellow Transparent” apple tree this summer. It was slightly unripe on September 9th. The apple was smaller than the “Hyer 12” at the Experimental Farm. I have been doing a lot of research this summer into possible rootstocks for the Fairbanks area. The Peking cotoneaster and the American…

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Arborgards — better than burlap

After some bad experiences this past winter with bark rotting caused by wet burlap applied originally to my apple trees for sun scald protection, I found an alternative: Arborgards. Arborgards are white spiral perforated tubes, 24 – 40 inches high, made of durable, springy plastic. Used by professional landscapers to protect trunks of newly planted…

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Apple tasting 1988

The Alaska chapter held its fourth annual apple tasting party at the October meeting. 32-35 people attended, including photographers from the two Anchorage newspapers. Lawrence Clark opened the meeting by passing around an unknown apple, but no one correctly guessed its identity to win $5. The apple was “Kerrybrook”, a Canadian cultivar. A total of…

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Rock Powder is the Basis for Soil Fertility

Gardeners at Venetie, Alaska traditionally gather river silt to apply on their gardens, with good results. The same practice was discovered at an archaeological dig in Canada, by the Nation River north of the Yukon River. The Hunzacuts use it on their apricot trees in a desert type climate zone. Their health and longevity are…

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Triploid Apples

From The Fruit Blog http://thefruitblog.blogspot.com/2005/03/triploid-apples.html March 20, 2005 Triploid Apples posted by Evil Fruit Lord @ 12:59 AM   Like most higher organisms, apples generally have two sets of chromosomes. This is a useful arrangement, providing each gene with a backup, and allowing such helpful features as sexual reproduction. (This ought to be a review…

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Apple Allergies …

Apple Allergies … Submitted by the Boyers   Hi Tami, Bob wanted me to forward this info to you. Perhaps you would be interested in including it in the newsletter. Marianne   From: apple-crop@virtualorchard.net [mailto:apple-crop@virtualorchard.net] On Behalf Of Jonathan B. Bishop Subject: Apple-Crop: Spraying and food allergies   Hello all, I just had an inquiry…

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