Fruits of Diversity

April is Community Orchards Month!

In celebration of community orchards and publicly accessible fruit trees everywhere, come out to your local community orchard event in April. Over the course of the month we will be cleaning up the orchard, prepping new beds, planting beneficial-attracting under-story and new berry bushes, and getting started on fruit thinning. Community Orchards Month was created by Portland Fruit Tree Project…

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Paw Paws growing on a tree. Photo from

Help HOS thrive, join a committee!

HELP & LEARN Choice Committee Assignments Now Available! Help HOS and learn at the same time.   We’ve created new Committees to ensure our continued success and to better serve the home orchardist. Volunteer on one or more of these exciting Committees and enjoy making new friends and learning about growing fruit in our region! Please let us know on which…

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Join us for the 41st Annual Fruit Propagation Fair

Join us for the 41st Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!       Sunday March 20th, 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…

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Mason Bee Alert!!

There is a very severe threat to our Mason Bee populations, Chalk Brood. According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service there is very little known about the actual fungus in the genus Ascosphaera that attacks the Blue Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria. What we do know is that it is highly contagious and deadly, it can wipe out your entire…

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The 2015/16 Mason Bee shipping season starts December 7th!!!

Welcome to another winter season of mason bee supplies! Our sale/shipping season begins on December 7th 2015, and runs until our supplies run out! We have had high sales in previous years and run out of merchandise, so please consider ordering early in December or January to beat the rush. Remember: We do not accept pre-orders, nor is there a…

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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…

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Quince samples at the All About Fruit Show

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…

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Mason Bee Alert!!!

The following is an excerpt from the August 2015 Bee Mail put out by our friends at Crown Bee: Right now mason bees are in a critical development phase. In a normal summer: Spring mason bees should be beginning a final development from larva to adult bee. If you were to open a few cocoons right now, you’d normally find…

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