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2019 All About Fruit Show!

Home Orchard Society’s famous annual fall tasting event, “The All About Fruit Show”, is for fruit enthusiasts of all ages!

See and taste hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruit from the Pacific Northwest including apples, pears, plums, grapes, kiwis, quince, and more. Home Orchard Society aims to help lots of folks launch into the pleasure of growing good fruit at home. If you love fruit or want to grow your own fruit trees, this is the place to be.

  • Free with entry – hundreds of varieties of fruit to see and taste!
  • The Apple Detectives will work to identify your unknown varieties. Please read about our ID guidelines
  • Large fruit contest! Door Prizes!
  • Speakers presenting on a diversity of fruit-growing topics (visit the website for the presentation schedule)
  • Cider pressing demos & tastings (fun for the whole family!)
  • HOS expert table to answer your fruit growing questions!
  • Plants and trees for purchase from HOS or One Green World or order a custom grafted tree through HOS Make-A-Tree program.
  • Plus … mason bee supplies, fruit socks, fruit tree growing publications, heirloom apples (limited quantity) & more for purchase!

Admission:

– $5 for members (family $10)

– $7 for non-members (family $12)

– Free if you join HOS at this show!

If you would like to volunteer for the show, please contact us at HOS.volunteer.2@gmail.com. Admission fee is waived for volunteers. You can choose your shift or volunteer for the day!

 

Speakers:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 11:00 AM

APRIL JAMISON is passionate about HOLISTIC FRUIT TREE CARE – and that is her career as owner of Garden Ecology. Her knowledge covers pruning, pest and disease management – as well as soil and water preservation and successful companion planting. Her insights will offer ground-work for beginner gardener/orchardists and suggest new opportunities for experienced “tillers of the soil”.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1:00 PM

CASIMIR HOLESKI, HISTORICAL APPLES, EXPLORING FOR LOST FRUIT, this is his passion. He is a founder of Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project and owns a permaculture inspired nursery in Idaho. He will offer insight into the challenges of finding the remnants of old orchards in the “outback” of the Pacific Northwest. He is dedicated to a resurgence of interest in fruit culture and propagation.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 11:30 AM

JONATHAN BRANDT, RAINWATER AND GREYWATER RESOURCES. In 2011 he formed Portland Earth Care to teach and facilitate the natural resources that surround us. His focus is to guide and transform habitat into a healthy plant system, supporting humans and pollinators together. Jonathan is a certified greywater installer, who designs and installs systems in Oregon to save our natural habitat.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1:00 PM

TODD MORRILL, THE CRAFT OF MAKING HARD CIDER AT HOME, which he has been doing for more than twenty years. He has developed the skills and techniques to turn apple juice into a wonderful home-brewed cider. His insights will help manage the beginners fears and allay possible catastrophes. Todd is a Director on the HOS Board, and is pleased to offer a fun adventure into home brewing.

Evening Harvest Walk -September 21st

This was such a popular and super fun event the last few year, we decided to do it again!  Here is what one of the previous  attendants had to say about the series:

This past summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to join Tonia, the arboretum manager, as she provided an guided tour of the orchard.   The three Harvest Walks were scheduled one Saturday evening in the months of July, August and September.    To keep the event intimate, Tonia kept the attendance to a maximum of 25 people, and each event was sold out (or close to it).  Most people signed up for all 3 events, and it was lovely to see the same faces months after month.
The Harvest Walk began with an amazing assortment of foods prepared by professional chefs (?) and (?).  They did an amazing job of incorporating the different fruits of the orchard in with their offerings.  Who would have imagined that grapes would go so well with focaccia bread, or that the pineapple guava petals (which taste like the “sweet tarts” candy) could be infused to flavor in cake?
 
Everyone enjoyed themselves getting to know each other while eating the amazing food.   I was so excited to be able to talk with others who shared my love of fruit trees.
Once everyone was finished eating, Tonia gathered the group and led us throughout the demonstration gardens and the orchard.  Walking through the orchard, Tonia talked about ripeness indicators, proper harvesting techniques, and answered all of our questions.   We were able to sample so many of the orchard’s different types of fruits including, but not limited to plums, blueberries, apples, pears, currants and grapes.   And because the orchard has so many different varieties of each of these fruits, many times we were able to sample and compare the varieties to understand the nuances and uniqueness of each.
At the end of the lively evening, each person was loaded down with an assortment of freshly picked fruit from the orchard to take home.
All in all, it was a wonderful, fun filled educational evening & I’m looking forward to attending the Harvest Walks next summer!
-Lori Miller

Details:

Join our arboretum manager, Tonia on an informal guided tour of our lovely demonstration gardens. We will talk about ripeness indicators, proper harvesting techniques, post harvest handling, and all sorts of other fruit growing related stuff as we leisurely stroll through the orchard tasting ripe and not so ripe fruit straight of the trees, shrubs, and vines that share their bounty with us each harvest season.

Non alcoholic beverages will be provided as well as a few homemade appetizers, crafted by HOS fan Sarah Smith, with seasonal fruits from around the orchard. Every attendant will go home with a small box of fruit.

Tickets are pre-sold only!  There are NO tickets available at the door.

Single Event (per person) $30 for non-members $25 for members

9/21

Contact Tonia for ticketing information: arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org

What to include in your email: how many tickets you would like, are you a Home Orchard Society member?, the full name of everybody in your party, and whether you want the series or a single event.

You still have time to sign up for our Community Orchard or Community Supported Agriculture programs

Community Orchard Program

It is not too late to sign for our COP

BENEFITS….

*Free entry to all arboretum “workshops”

*Fresh fruit from our orchard during harvest season (June-November)

*Hands-on organic gardening and orcharding experience

*Exercise that benefits the mind and body

*Access to propagation material from many differing plant species

*Fresh medicinal and culinary herbs that are grown in the orchard

*New friends

You don’t have to live in Oregon City to participate!

Cost of participation: $75 per year plus 45 volunteer hours

For information contact: arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org

 

Community Supported Agriculture Program

Want to help support the HOS and get fruit in return? Our 20 week CSA program runs from July through November.  Every week you will receive a box brimming with the best our orchard has to offer, ripened to perfection and dripping with sweetness.

At the HOS demonstration orchard in Oregon City we grow hundreds of heirloom and antique apple varieties, Asian and European pears, several varieties of blueberries, figs, grapes, kiwi, plums, persimmon, quince, and figs.  We value your health and the health of our soil and environment, thus we manage our orchard utilizing organic growing practices.

Tuesday or Saturday pick up at the HOS demonstration orchard in Oregon City.  Contact Tonia for more details: arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org

Family 7-10lbs/week $350
Individual 3-5lbs/week $250
Juicing 10lbs grade 2/week $150
Homesteader 4 – 25lb boxes of #2’s (apples & pears) throughout the season $90

*must be paid in full

Cider Maker 1 – 25# boxes of our cider variety apples   *ungraded $20

*must be paid in full

Gift Baskets Custom made with our best fruits $35 and up

Spring Plant Sale May 11th

SATURDAY MAY 11th

10am-3pm

The Home Orchard Society has been sharing our love of backyard fruit growing for the last 40 + years.  We invite you to join in the fun and grow some fruit!

What’s available? …

-dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees (newly grafted): apple (30+ varieties!!!), European pear, Asian pear

-blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, strawberries, currants, evergreen huckleberries

-plus lots of other odds and ends from around the orchard

CASH or CHECK only

Also joining us….

Our friends at Wild Oaks Nursery will be bringing a  nice selection of PNW native plants

Permaculture Rising is coming with lots of vegetable starts, medicinal/culinary herbs, and pollinator and wildlife friendly plants.

Long time HOS member and fan, Sarah Smith, makes unique jams and jellies from some of the more unusual fruits we run across…cornelian cherry jelly and Chinese hawthorn butter are a couple of our favorites!!! Come check out some of her Smiths Home Harvest Preserves.

and NEW this year…

TOOL SHARPENING!!!!

Spring is a great time to get your tools sharpened for the season.  Our friends at 1 Sharptool Edge Service will be there with their mobile workshop to sharpen your tools while you shop and stroll the orchard.

*Bring your kitchen knives and garden tools and have them professionally sharpened (first come first served).

*Prices start at $6.25 for garden tools and $7.50 for kitchen knives.  Cash/check/card.  25% of fundraiser proceeds got to the HOME Orchard Society.

Kitchen knives, scissors, serrated knives, pruners, polaski tools, loppers, pocket knives, food chopper, shovel/hoe, machete, axe/hatchet, and mower blades ($6.25-$15)

The Arboretum is located on the CCC campus in Oregon City.  Once on campus follow the signs to the Environmental Learning Center or the Brown parking lot, both located off Inskeep Drive near the Beavercreek entrance to campus.

WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES at the ARBORETUM

The Clackamas Community College campus closes for inclement weather.  If the campus is closed than the Home Orchard Society Arboretum will also be closed.  All workshops and activities will be cancelled for the day.  Please stay posted to your favorite news station for their school closing list.  CCC will also have an alert on the home page of their web-site: https://www.clackamas.edu/

 

If you have questions please contact our arboretum manager at 503-338-8479.

2019 Arboretum Programs

Lots of exciting things happening around the arboretum these days.  We have new workshops and programs planned for the 2019 season.  Stay posted to the events page on this site for updated information on all of our workshops, classes, and events.

Here is a look at some of the programs we are offering in 2019

Community Orchard-  Now is the time to sign up for our 2019 season!  There is a $75 fee and a 45 hour volunteer requirement to participate.  Community Orchard program participants get to attend all of our workshops for FREE, plus they get a full season of fresh fruit from the arboretum (June through November, 5-10lbs a week).

CSA-  We are bringing back our community supported agriculture program for those who want to support the HOS and get lots of yummy fruit, but don’t have the time or desire to attend workshops or volunteer.  $350 will get participants 20 weeks (5-10 pounds per week) of organically grown fruits from the orchard.

Workshop Pass-  This is a great program for those of you that plan on attending over 5 workshops in the year.  Participants get access to all of the Arboretum workshops for the 2019 season for $125.  *Please note that this does NOT include the CCC sponsored classes February Pruning or Grafting.

*New class  Pruning Young Blueberries– this class is specifically for newly planted blueberries (1-4 years old)

*New class Kiwi pruning- we took last year off to allow for some restructuring of our vines, they are back and ready to be worked!

Everybody to have the opportunity to participate in our programs and workshops.  We do understand that some may not be able to afford it.  We are always willing to work with those who want to learn!  Please contact Tonia to discuss work/trade options at the arboretum.

Information about our upcoming workshops and winter events will be posted in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions you can contact Tonia at: arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org

Budding, Summer Pruning and Annual HOS Picnic

Join us this Saturday for our yearly Budding/Summer Pruning Workshop and stick around for our potluck picnic luncheon!

August 4th from 9am-3pm at the HOS Arboretum on the CCC campus in Oregon City.

Once on campus follow the signs to the BROWN parking lot or Environmental Learning Center.

From 9:00 am until 11:00, join HOS members for a free bud grafting class that will teach you the basics of summer fruit tree grafting. Bring your hand pruners and a sharp knife if you have one.

At 11:00 am HOS members will demonstrate summer pruning techniques using various trees and espaliers in the Arboretum collection as your tree supply.

We’ll taste summer fruits gathered from around the Willamette Valley from noon until 12:30 pm. Bring your berries, early apples, plums and figs!

At 12:30 pm we will sit down together for a great potluck meal. Bring a dish to share and you own plates and utensils, and a picnic blanket or your favorite folding chair.

Catch the “Dirt Bag” on KBOO 90.7 FM

Listen and learn about growing fruits, vegetables and more in our region! Call in with your questions! The only show like it in the Pacific Northwest, the Dirtbag is on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 till noon.  Hosted by HOS member Glen Andresen with guest Jim Gilbert, owner of Northwoods Nursery and member of the HOS Board of Directors, you’ll learn about common and unusual fruits and vegetables we can grow, planting times and techniques, and fruit exploring adventures in the US and overseas.