One hour or two. Organized and audience-specific for an unforgettable experience. Measured, engaging, inspirational. With 2 motivational leaders-Gil Schieber, Horticulturist extraordinaire, aspires see more food gardening and through this he’s become a maestro in gathering plants that influence and shape our village. John Garcia, a family farmer for generations, brings the “farm to the table” with enthusiasm and love for the next of kin, those up and coming young farmers.
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
Please call/text Gil first to confirm
or inquire 206-679-6576
Horticulture Classes – March-August – third Saturday 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, budding class July 20th
Take in both classes 10AM to 5 for $145
Edible Landscape Design– bring your (to-scale, or rough) plot plan, soil sample; learn about fruit (and some vegetables) – best varieties for NW climates, soils, drought tolerance and adaption to your site. Plant lists, catalogs included. This class is for the Food/garden enthusiast where growing your own, providing for yourself comes naturally.
Developing your plan-specifics by group needs and consensus. Topics covered-techniques, organics (fertility, pests), pruning, training, water systems
Gil is a practicing subsistence gardener experimenting with hundreds of varieties to test for resilience. Our Western Washington region grows the most diverse species of edibles more easily than anywhere in the country! Come learn what you can add to your garden without failure.
Call/text Gil 206-679-6576
March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June
Afternoon 1-5: Grafting
$125pp, $200 couple with 10 trees or 20 trees (couple). Include AM design class for $25 more.
Grafting Classes-March to July, 3rd Saturdays
+ ‘collecting & securing “scionwood”
$125 pp, $200 couple, includes 10 apple trees per person
4 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-2 hours in the field. Take home more grafted trees @ $3 each.
10 dwarf apple trees can be planted 1-3 feet apart in a row, or a circle, on a fence, along a wall or around your garden. think “fence”. around a fire pit, a semi-circle-edge of a patio or garden-surround. Here a a short list of the best of the best: Crimson Topaz, Crimson Crisp, Pixie Crunch, Alkmene, Fiesta, Fortune, Enterprise, Liberty, William’s Pride, Pristine, Zabergau Reinette, Kidd’s Orange-Red, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Wynoochee Early, Spartan, Honeycrisp
#2 more flavor/more trouble(but still worth-it!)>>> Akane, Elstar, Holstein, Sweet 16, Macoun, Ashmead’s Kernal, Karmijn de Sonneville, Belle de Boskoop, Jonagold, Sansa, September Wonder, Zestar, Mutsu, Arkansas Black, Blue Pearmain, Suncrisp, Spitzenburg, Jonathan
$125=class+10 trees, $200/couple=class+20 trees
Call/text Gil 206-679-6576 for confirmation.
please submit payment Pay Here Once Confirmed
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: 1-5 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.
4 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.
F 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”.
Horticulture Teaching experience:
- 3 to 12 years old The Little School 5 years “Outdoor Science”
- Adult WSU Master Gardeners, master gardening program
- UW Arboretum Foundation
- NW Perennial Alliance
- NW Horticulture Society
- Tilth Producers
- Edmonds Community College
- Bastyr University
- Association of Women in Horticulture
- Skipley Farm Interns