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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

Join us for “Think Spring” this weekend!

Start off the year by joining us and other orchardists for a morning of fantastic speakers at this year’s Think Spring!

Saturday January 24th, 9am – 1pm @ Clackamas Community College

9:00 am – Dan Estacia of Salem’s Terra Gardens will talk on soil.
10:00 am – Marisha Auerbach will speak on Permaculture.
11:00 am and 12 noon – Our own Karen Tillou will give a 2 part lecture on the art and science of espalier.

Register early to reserve your space! Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15, course code #HOR-008-10

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 Scion Collection this weekend!

Our annual scion exchange is approaching and we need your help!!!
Join an awesome group of hardy volunteers for scion/cutting collection at the
Home Orchard Society Arboretum.

Rain or Shine! Wear good outside gear. Bring pruning tools if you have them.

What’s a scion you ask?…it’s the young, one year old growth on a fruit tree that is cut off to be grafted to another tree or rootstock. The genetics of this scion determines what kind of fruit the tree will bear.

Please contact Tonia if you have further questions., 503-338-8479

250 varieties on a single apple tree!

Here’s an article about a man in England who has grafted 250 varieties of apples on his tree over the last 24 years!

Pretty amazing!

Apple Detective Searches for Extinct Varieties

HOS Board Members Joanie Cooper and Shaun Shepherd have been collaborating with a gentleman in Eastern Washington (Dave Benscoter) who’s been searching for lost apples. He sent them 4 boxes to look at this year and they spent many hours working on identifying them. Joanie & Shaun found 4-5 that they’re pretty sure are not known to exist and 3 or 4 more that are likely candidates but will require more scrutiny.

The Spokane-based television station KHQ featured Dave Benscoter on a newscast in late October.  Shaun & Joanie are the “testing facility” mentioned in the story.

Register today for HOS-NAFEX-CRG Conference!

Update 7/7/14: Registration has closed for the event.

Exactly 3 months from today, the “Big 3″ of North American amateur fruit-growing organizations will be converging for what is sure to be an exciting and informative conference!

Representatives from HOS, NAFEX (North American Fruit Explorers), and CRG (California Rare Fruit Growers) will be providing three days of lectures, meetings, tours, and other activities!

Space is limited for many of the weekend’s events so register today!

Paw Paws growing on a tree. Photo from

Paw Paws growing on a tree. Photo from

Now is the time to order Fruit Sox!

Hello Pome Fruit lovers!

If you want to protect your pome fruits from Apple Maggot and Codling Moth, now is the time to order fruit sox!

Within the next month or so, you’ll want to do some fruit thinning and apply pest barriers so order your fruit sox while we’ve still got them in stock!

Apples with footies applied

HOS in The Register Guard

On March 23rd, Home Orchard Society (HOS) was mentioned in an article in The Register Guard, a Eugene, OR – based newspaper. The article is about the Annual Fruit Propagation Fair at Lane Community College.

Pome News editor Karen Tillou, HOS Board Member Shaun Shepherd, and HOS Member Nick Botner are all featured in the article.