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Join us for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Potluck!

Saturday November 7th, 11:30am – 2:00pm.

Home Orchard Society Members & Volunteers are invited to join us at the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College for this year’s annual meeting!

This event is also a potluck so please bring a dish to share!

Please arrive at the Environmental Learning Center, Lakeside Room, between 11:30 am and noon.  We’ll have a Potluck Lunch at noon. Remember to bring your own table service (bowl/plate, knife, fork, spoon, mug/cup). Coffee will be provided.

11:30am – Arrive, mingle
12:00pm – Potluck lunch
12:30pm – Annual report, election of officers
1:00pm – HOS at 40 Years – a discussion about where we go from here
2:00pm – Goodbye!

This event is a great opportunity to visit with fellow HOS-ers! This potluck social is fun, and a chance to share the successes and failures of your 2015 orcharding year!

We’ll also be handing out a questionnaire to all attendees at the event. This is optional but we hope that everyone will participate. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to fill out a questionnaire, send your answers to the below questions to info[at]

Home Orchard Society Strategic Planning Questionnaire:

  1. What do you like best about HOS? What can we do better?


      2. What do you see as the mission of HOS?


     3. How are we doing at fulfilling the mission?


     4. Would you be willing to serve on a committee? (you can check more than one)

__ Strategic Planning – developing a detailed plan for HOS to fulfill its’ mission in the coming years

__ Events – planning and carrying out HOS events

__ Arboretum – maintaining the plant collection

__ Outreach – producing publications, email communication and website content.

__ Fundraising



Name: ________________________________

Are you an HOS member, volunteer, or both? _______________

Email Address: _________________________

Phone number: _________________________

Join us at the 2015 All About Fruit Show!!!

It’s that time of year again! Join us for Home Orchard Society’s annual All About Fruit Show!

Saturday October 17th & Sunday October 18th
10am – 4pm
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Main Pavilion

694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR 97013
Parking is free

* See and taste over 500 varieties of heirloom fruit!

* Large Fruit Contest!

*Speakers will present on a variety of fruit-growing topics! (see schedule below)

*Apple Pie Contest – get your pies in by 11am on Saturday, the contest will happen at 2pm

*HOS expert table to answer your fruit growing questions!

*Cider pressing!

*Plus … One Green World, Lowell Tools, mason bee supplies, fruit tree growing publications,
custom-grafted trees, door prizes, & more!

– $4 for members (family $8)

– $6 for non-members (family $10)

– Free if you join HOS at this show!
For more information about HOS, go to

Speaker schedule:
11:00am – Nik Wiman, Entomologist, OSU. He is a specialist in fruit tree pests, particularly working on Brown Marmorated Sting Bug (BMSB) and Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD.)

12:30pm –
Jim Gilbert of Northwoods Nursery “Growing Figs, Kiwis, Persimmons and other unique and delicious fruit.” Learn about choosing and growing the best varieties for our climate.  Plus, Jim will talk about searching for new Fig varieties on his recent trip to Italy.

2:00pm –  Jacqueline Freeman will talk about Pollinators (her recently published book on this subject “Spirit Bee” has just gone international!)

11:00am – Marisha Auerbach, Local Permaculture teacher. Will discuss understory permaculture in the orchard.

12:30pm – Ann Ralph, author of “Grow a Little Fruit Tree”. Will discuss year-round pruning and cultural techniques to keep your backyard fruit trees a manageable size.

2:00pm –
Todd Morrill & Shaun Shepherd will present a “how to” of making cider at home for beginners. Both of these gentlemen have many years of experience making cider and Shaun Shepherd is currently involved with a commercial operation, Bull Run Cider.

Order your fruit sox today!

Hey folks! Spring is here and little fruitlets are growing on the trees! That means it’s time to order your fruit sox. Haven’t heard of fruit sox before?

Read more here and order yours today!

Short video featuring Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy

Orchard People is a Toronto-based organization that is traveling around North America gathering information and interviews with fruit tree-related groups. They came to the HOS Arboretum in March and took some video footage. Here is the first short clip:

tag: HOS arboretum video

Come to the 40th Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!

Join us for the 40th Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!

Sunday March 22nd, 10am – 4pm
Clackamas County Fairgrounds – 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR

This event will be held at the main pavilion at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. In a few short hours, we’ll sell hundreds of rootstocks, give away thousands of scions, graft untold numbers of trees, complete our Make-A-Tree orders, and help lots of folks launch into the pleasure of growing good fruit at home! If you want to grow your own fruit trees, this is the place to be!

  • Free with entry – hundreds of varieties of apple & pear scions!
  • Arrive early for the limited selection of cherry, plum, persimmon, and peach scions!
  • Free cuttings: grapes, kiwis, and several varieties of berry bushes!
  •  Rootstocks & plants for sale!
  • HOS expert table to answer your fruit growing questions!
  • Plus … custom grafting, mason bee supplies, fruit tree growing publications, door prizes, & more!


– $4 for members (family $8)

– $6 for non-members (family $10)

– Free if you join HOS at this show!

If you would like to volunteer for the show, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for this event, Bob Hatton, at If you volunteer, your admission fee will be waived. We currently need more volunteers in the PM! 

Karen Tillou, grafting (photo by Paul Carter/The Register-Guard)

Karen Tillou, grafting (photo by Paul Carter/The Register-Guard)


Join us for our Blueberry Pruning Class

Saturday March 7th
11am – 2pm
@ the HOS Arboretum, Clackamas Community College

Join Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy, for pruning classes to help improve your home orchard.

Properly pruned blueberries produce larger crops of sweeter fruit and have less disease and insect problems. Tonia will demonstrate the best pruning practices for your blueberry bushes and provide guided, hands on instruction.

Bring weather-appropriate clothes, a pair of hand pruners, loppers, and a hand saw.

Rain or Shine!

*Registration is required
email Tonia at
$5-$15 sliding scale fee

Join us for our Fruit Tree Grafting Class

Join us on Saturday February 28th at Clackamas Community College!

We’ll be offering Beginner and Intermediate workshops for hands-on experience with grafting your own fruit trees. Co-sponsored by Clackamas Community College. Rootstock and scion wood provided. Take home your own fruit tree!

Bring hand pruners and a grafting knife, exacto knife, or utility knife.

Fee: $15

Beginner- 9:00am-10:20am, course #HOR-008-06
Beginner- 10:45am-12:05pm, course #HOR-008-07
Intermediate- 12:45pm-2:05pm, course #HOR-008-08

Register early to reserve your space! Pre-registration is required.

1. Follow link:
2. Click on Classes and Workshops
3. Scroll down the page to ‘Topic Code’
4. From drop down menu select ‘HORT-Horticulture’ and ‘Submit’
5. Check the box on left of the workshop(s) you wish to register for and ‘Submit’
6. Complete registration (requires credit or debit card payment)

Register in person:
At the Enrollment Services Center in Roger Rook Hall,
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045

Additional information: Contact Loretta Mills,
or 503-594-3292; website:

Join us for our Winter Fruit Tree Pruning class!

Home Orchard Society Fruit Tree Pruning class

@ HOS Arboretum, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR 97045

HOS members will teach and demonstrate basic pruning and training practices for a wide variety of fruit trees and other fruiting plants. Register through Clackamas Community College. Call 503-594-3292 or email request to and a registration flyer will be sent to you. $10 per person.

More info here