Grafting Classes April thru May $21. Call to schedule your next class. 206-679-6576 Make your own trees on site -dwarf to standard. Rootstocks are in!


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

Base fee + personal fee*

“Youth” =< 18 yo

Group <12 persons:

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

Groups 13-24 persons:

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

Groups >25 persons:

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

  *Reduce base fee with any purchase!              Before packing up we tally the group purchases-Nursery, fresh fruit, honey, . We give a dollar-for-dollar reduction for every dollar exceeding the base fee.                   E.G. group of 28 spends $250 > Personal fee minus purchases exceeding $100=cancels the $100 base fee.



Adult Class: <20 persons:

$21 per person hourly, minimum $60 or 3 persons

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


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 from a burned-out board with a renewed core and a thriving garden. There, at Seattle Tilth, home of the Good Shepherd Center, Gil created the building’s garden 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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