Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

August 2, 2018

Saturday Aug 4: MEMBER-ONLY Tour, Government Hill Commons

Please note morning start time of 10am.

The Government Hill Commons features the northern most community orchard in North America.  It is being developed as a public pedestrian orchard and currently contains numerous varieties of cold climate apple, pear, and cherry trees from South Central Alaska and Fairbanks plus apricot and peach trees.  In addition to a formal stagger-grid orchard, trees have been planted in raised bed tall spindles and in a Belgian Fence design.  The Commons also features public art, open spaces, a Quonset Hut cider house and workshop, and eventually raised beds and a children’s garden.  This project is in its first year of planting, but significant work has been completed and the shape and vision of the orchard is emerging.

Directions:

Take the A-C Street Bridge from downtown heading over the railroad yard towards the base.  At the streetlight at the top of the hill there will be a Subway sandwich shop on the left, a Tesoro mini mart on the right, and straight ahead below the ATT telecom tower will be the Commons.  Address is the intersection of Loop Road and Erickson Street.  The Commons is completely fenced, but there are three slip-thru entrance gates on the south, west and north sides.  Park along Erickson Street and to the north in front of the ATT complex.

A brief reminder about etiquette:  No pets, no unsupervised children, or non-members on tours (unless they are paying for the annual membership fee of $16 and bring their filled-in application form found on our website). Please wear appropriate footwear as the grounds may be uneven and, if wet, may be slippery. Of course no cuttings or other disturbances of our hosts’ property as we would like to be invited back again. (Note: Please respect our hosts by sticking to the schedule and not causing inconvenience to them by arriving early or at a time other than with the club.)

July 13, 2018

July / Aug Member-Only Tours – Next 3 Weekends!

Saturday July 21 – Palmer area visits to the State of Alaska Plant Materials Center and a private orchard in the same area. Meet at the PMC at 1pm.

Saturday July 28 –  Two tours set in the Spenard area, starting at 1:00 pm and immediately afterward.

Saturday Aug 4th  – Visit to Government Hill Commons / Community Orchard Meet 10am at  20 E. Loop Road.

Etiquette reminders:  Tours are not appropriate for pets or unsupervised children.  Show respect to hosts by being careful not to disturb their grounds and please stick to the announced schedule times!

 

June 2, 2018

June 9 (MEMBER-ONLY) Orchard Tour

Our first orchard visit of the summer will be to a private greenhouse and orchard in South Anchorage on Saturday, June 9 at 1:00 pm.

No toilets on site. 

A brief reminder about etiquette:  No pets, no rowdy children, or non-members on tours (unless they are paying for the annual membership fee of $16 and bring their filled-in application form found on our website). Please wear appropriate footwear as the grounds may be uneven and, if wet, may be slippery. Of course no cuttings or other disturbances of our hosts’ property as we would like to be invited back again. (Note: Please respect our hosts by sticking to the schedule and not causing inconvenience to them by arriving early or at a time other than with the club.)

April 29, 2018

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 and graft new varieties of apples onto mature trees.  With these techniques you can gradually convert your existing trees to more desirable varieties, and/or add additional varieties to them.

Finally, a reminder about etiquette:  No pets, unsupervised children, or non-members on tours (unless they are paying for the annual membership fee of $16 and bring their filled-in application form found on our website). Please wear appropriate footwear as the grounds may be uneven and, if wet, may be slippery. Of course no cuttings or other disturbances of our hosts’ property as we would like to be invited back again. Note: Please respect to our hosts by sticking to the schedule. Do not arrive early or come unescorted at another time. Thank you!

April 6, 2018

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 one hardy rootstock.  ($2 ea. members/$3 ea. non-members)

March 18, 2018

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 course!

If the weather permits, we hope to do some pruning outside on the younger trees in addition to the mature trees in the greenhouse.  So, come dressed accordingly, and bring your pruning shears and/or loppers if you can help prune or desire some guided practice.

March 3, 2018

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 Fruit Trees.  The description of the program is as follows:

There are many myths surrounding fruit production.  As more research is done to test some long-held assumptions, a better understanding of best practices for fruit production is emerging.  This will be a brief introduction into some of the science to help others understand what to do and when.

At 6:30 pm there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize before the meeting is called to order at 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring any cookies or light refreshments that you might like to share.

At the meeting, we will again have permanent metal plant tags and parafilm grafting tape for sale.  The tags are 10 for $2, and the parafilm tape is 8 feet for $1.  Bring dollar bills if you are interested in purchasing these items.

February 26, 2018

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 graft a favorite variety onto it!

February 16, 2018

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!

January 15, 2018

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 son of the famous Fairbanks orchard pioneer, Claire Lammers.  Scott will present an overview of the current status of the Lammers orchard, and take questions on growing fruit in Fairbanks.

We will also have a visit from a beekeeper.  She will talk briefly about what is involved in hosting a hive and is looking for two locations to place hives this summer.

At the meeting, we will have permanent metal plant tags and parafilm grafting tape for sale.  The tags are 10 for $2, and the parafilm tape is 8 feet for $1.  Bring dollar bills if you are interested in these items.

At 6:30 pm 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.  Feel free to bring any cookies or light refreshments that you might like to share.

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