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. You may prepay online with paypal or at the farm with cash, check or creditcard.
“Youth” means 3 to 18 year old
Groups <12 persons: $75 minimum; $25 group fee+$7 per youth, $10 adults
$35 group fee +$6 per youth, $9 adults
$45 group fee +$5 per youth, $8 adults
Earlier classes removed
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.
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.
$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.
$105 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 demonstrate enviroments and plants. Lunch included. call or text Gil @ 206-679-6576
3 hours. 1-4PM Here we make 10+ trees; learn about NW fruits, how to grow, train, espalier, basic organic methods, care and management; make more grafted trees for your home or farm @ $5 each
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.
Top 22 scab-free Apples: Williams Pride, Wynoochee Early, Sansa, Alkmene, Pixie Crunch, Holstein, Honeycrisp, Fortune, Fiesta, Liberty, Pristine, Zabergau Reinette, Crimson Crisp, Claygate Pearmain, Enterprise, Macoun, Crimson Topaz, Belle de Boskoop, Dayton, Hawaii, Ashmead’s Kernal, BS1″Loki”
#2 list >more flavor/more trouble(but still worth-it!)>>>Jonagold, Melrose, Akane, Elstar, Sweet 16, Macoun, Karmijn de Sonneville, September Wonder, Zestar, Mutsu, Arkansas Black, Blue Pearmain, Suncrisp, Spitzenburg, Tsugaru, Hatsuaki. Ohh, but so many more!
Personal classes! At your site are $125 first hour and $85 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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