EVENTS,tours,Group Orientation, Tours And


Fruit Tasting


Lets start with the 24th of every month with a primer kick-off this year October24th, Noon into the evening. Fruit deserves that. Fundraising! We have 70+ apple and grape varieties. We’ll share music, cheese and cidres until late. $25 suggested! 


Farm Tours


One hour or more. Organized and audience-specific for an unforgettable experience. Measured, engaging, inspirational. With 2 motivational leaders-Gil Schieber, Horticulturist extraordinaire, aspires to see more food gardening and through this he’s become a maestro in gathering plants that influence and shape our village. Steven Collins, a seasoned new-farmer brings the “farm to the table” with enthusiasm and love for the next of kin, those up and coming young farmers.

2020 Rates:

Farm Tours

Applied as hourly rate:

“Youth” = 3 to 18 yo

Groups <12 persons: $75 minimum

$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/ inquire 206-679-6576

Pay Here Once Confirmed

or pay at the farm, credit cards accepted

Horticulture Classes

2020 Schedule:

Earlier classes removed

 Apple Harvest, Ripening and Storage Oct.17th  5PM

Upcoming classes:

November 3rd Sunday 9-11 AM. Hardwood cuttings– propagate many fruit varieties this way. Collect and ‘stick’ hardwood cuttings into a soiless media – all materials supplied and cuttings of 10+ varieties will be  your ‘take-home’. Class cost $45

December, 3rd Sunday 9-11 AM.


Garden Design- 3rd Saturdays 10-12AM

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. This class is for the Food/garden enthusiast where growing your own, providing for yourself wants to come naturally.

Topics covered:

Developing your plan, drawing, layout, tools, techniques, soils, organics (fertility, pests), pruning, training, water systems, varieties.

Gil is a practicing subsistence gardener experimenting with hundreds of varieties of edibles for resilience. He has grown over 5000 ornamentals and edibles over 40 years. Our Western Washington region grows the most diverse species of plants more easily than anywhere in the country! Come learn what you cab grow in your garden without failure.


Plant Propagation:

October 17th 8:30-10am

$30pp. Setting up your nursery like a “kitchen garden” is a keystone for launching a new planting site without spending your ‘nest egg’. I collect plant starts, cuttings/propagules and ‘nurse’ these in a close location like under lights in a damp-proof room or outside along an east wall, a corner of the garden for ease of management and controlling environmental conditions like soil, light, moisture, pests. Learn to make cuttings and take home a “cutting box” with propagules included.


Planning and Planting Workshop

October 17, 2020


10:30 am – 4:30 pm

$95 pp. Thinking about starting your own home orchard? Or even just thought about planting a tree or two? If so, our Planning and Planting Workshop is a great way to begin. Learn about site selection, soil preparation and get the tools you need to start the planning process successfully. Gil Schieber, Maestro of Horticulture at Skipley Farm will present a comprehensive workshop on planning, managing and cultivating the home orchard. A tour of Skipley Farm Orchards will be included.

Cancellation Policy: For refund, cancellations must be received 10 days prior to event.

Apple Grafting

Plus- collecting ‘scionwood’

2nd Saturdays of January through May


$105=class+10 trees, $175/couple=class+20 trees

Call Gil to schedule: 206-679-6576

4 hours. 1-5PM Here we make 10+ trees; learn about NW fruits, the bugs, bees, how to grow, train, espalier, basic organic methods-2 hours in the field. Take home more grafted trees!

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.

#2 list >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,



On-your-site 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 and Planting your backyard orchard, Planning your Edible Landscape, Starting a Farm, Landscape Design Principles, Orchard Layout, Food Preservation

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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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