The South Sound Fruit Society is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society.
SSFS is dedicated to research, education, enjoyment, and sustainable propagation of fruits, nuts and berries. SSFS promotes growing of rare fruit in the Olympia region that is not being grown by commercial growers.
It is also dedicated to the preservation and propagation of heritage fruits and nuts and other non-commercial varieties of fruit trees, berries and nuts.
SSFS has access to rare and unusual scion wood. There are over 7,000 named varieties of apples but most people will only taste the ten or so most popular commercial varieties.
As a member of WCFS/SSFS you will have the opportunity to taste and grow many non-commercial varieties of fruit.
Learn from local experts how many different varieties are being grown in this region.
Access to members only events such as:
- Hands on pruning and grafting workshops
- Trips to local orchards, nurseries and berry farms.
- An e-mail subscription to the quarterly publication “The Bee Line”
- Western Cascade Fruit Society On-Line Forum
Past classes have included :
- Local Soils and How to Amend Them
- Grape Growing
- Grafting Fruit Trees
- Organic Orchard Management
- Underappreciated Fruits
- Orchard Pests and Insect Traps
- Summer Pruning
- Blueberry Pruning
- Espalliers and Belgian Fences
- Tools: Selection and Maintenance
- Apple Pressing and Making Hard Cider
- Mycorrhizal Interaction with Fruit tree Roots
- Native Berries
- Pollinators and Mason Bees
- Historic Orchards
- Growing Nuts
- Apple Identification
The SSFS holds its monthly meetings at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia 98506 on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM. There is a different program each month and they usually last until about 8:30 PM.
Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/southsoundfruitsociety.
The SSFS has a board and officers elected yearly. One representative sits on the WCFS board.
Join the South Sound Fruit Society
Membership costs $20 per year for a family membership. Membership dues start in September and run until September of the following year.
Western Cascade Fruit Society
The Society was formed to bring together people who will promote the science, cultivation and pleasure of growing fruit bearing trees, shrubs, vines and berry plants in the home landscape and for the purposes of providing the public with the knowledge and ability to cultivate their own fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, vines, and berries, encouraging and supporting formation of local chapters in geographical areas of Western Washington. WCFS disseminates information to its members and the general public through fruit shows, orchard tours, meetings, seminars, workshops, publications and other forms of media, and giving financial and other support to fruit research organizations.
The Western Cascade Fruit Society is made up of chapters throughout Western Washington whose members are aspiring hobby orchardists and backyard fruit growers. They enjoy growing fruit bearing trees, shrubs and vines around their homes in the Puget Sound area. The Society encourages novice fruit growers in their selection and cultivating of fruit varieties that grow well in this region.