Farm Tours

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One hour or two. Organized and audience-specific for an unforgettable experience. Measured, engaging, inspirational. Gil Schieber, Horticulturist extraordinaire, is in the business to “cause happiness”. Through his aspiration to promote food gardens he’s become a maestro in gathering plants that influence and shape our village.

Rates 2017

Guided Farm Tours

“Youth” =3 to 18 yo

Groups <12 persons:

$25 group fee+$7 per youth, $10 adults

Groups 13-24 persons:

$35 group fee+$6 per youth, $9 adults

Groups >25 persons:

$45 group fee+$5 per youth, $8 adults

  *Reduce group fee with all purchases              Before packing up we tally the group purchases-Nursery, fresh fruit, honey, . We give a dollar-for-dollar reduction for every dollar exceeding the group fee.     Example: group of 8 spends $26 therefore $1.00 exceeds $25 group fee and reduces the $25 group fee to $24.

Adult Horticulture Classes

Personal classes! At your site are $95 first hour and $80 there-after. Add up to 3 participants.

Fruit tree Grafting, Espalier, Summer Pruning, Organic Soil Nutrition, Bugs & Blights, Irrigation-Drip&Conventional, Plant Propagation, Planning your Edible Landscape, Starting a Farm, Landscape Design Principles, Orchard Layout, Food Preservation

Grafting Classes – January thru August – every third Saturday: 1-4 PM 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18

January 20th, February 17 and March 17-Grafting + ‘collecting & securing scionwood’, $125 pp, $200 couple. 

3 hours. 1 PM-meet, greet, share apples, cider, cheese and make 10 trees; learn the top 20 fruits and all about the bugs, bees, how to grow, train, espalier, basic organic methods. Take home more grafted trees @ $3 each.

$125=class+10 trees, $200/couple=class+20 trees

Call to schedule 206-679-6576

Horticulture Classes – January thru August – every third Saturday: 10-Noon: 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18

2 hour classes are $42, 3 person minimum. If class size is 5-10 persons =$35, 11-15 (maximum) =$28

January 20th: Edible Landscape Design- bring your (to-scale, or rough) plot plan, soil sample; learn about fruit – best varieties for NW climates, soils, drought tolerance and adaption to your site. Plant lists, catalogs included.

February 17 and March 17- Developing your plan-specifics by group needs and consensus. Topics covered-techniques, organics (fertility, pests), pruning, training, water systems.

Call Gil to schedule: 206-679-6576

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A short biography: Gil Schieber grew (up) in Pennsylvania, being grandfather-inspired to propagate plants. Attending the National Farm School (now Delaware Valley University) Gil studied his blossoming passion-growing food and perennials integrated with nature. At 13 the reality of  “natural balance” in nature transformed the young visionary. Family adventuring on rivers and trails lead Gil to pursue environments abroad. Naturalists, those who study nature, became Gil’s mentors.

Navigating west by bicycle, Gil leaned into the wind, setting his sights on farms and farming. Dining with Masanobu Fukuoka, father of “natural farming”, Robert Rodale, promoter/publisher of Organic Gardening magazine, Gil discovered the Tilth Association  as he rolled into Seattle. Volunteering his already 10 years employed-experience in horticulture, Tilth recovered with a renewed core and a thriving garden. Gil was spurred-on by our local farm advocate Mark Musik. There, at Seattle Tilth, home of the Good Shepherd Center, Gil created the building’s gardens over 25 years. Nationally recognized and used as a training ground for horticulture, the Historic Seattle grounds once displayed over 2500 species. The other half-time Gil volunteered, taught and built a landscape business that today is the backbone of Skipley Farm, continuing the mission of “paradise building”.

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