Group Orientation, Tours And Classes

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. 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.

Rates 2020

Guided Farm Tours

Applied as hourly rate:

“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

Pay Here Once Confirmed

Groups: 5 + fee orientation required

$2/person, > 3 year old

Orchard “orientation”- what’s new! map, navigation, about 10 minutes

Horticulture Classes

2020 Schedule:

April 25th Zoom meeting apple grafting; June20th, Aug. 15; Sept.19; Oct.17

Class costs: $25 per contact hour per person, minimum 3 persons, max 9. Basic supplies provided or available for purchase. Groups >10, inquire.

Garden Design- 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 1 to 3pm

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.

Apple Grafting

+collecting & securing “scionwood” Jan25th,Feb15th,Mar15th

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. Here is a short list of the best apples for the NW: 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 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, Jonathan, Hawaii

Bud-grafting class July 18, 2020

1PM to 3 PM $45- learn the how-to of Grafting fruit trees by the “budding” method. This is the commercial way to reproduce fruit trees. It’s fast and fail-safe when done at the right time. Make trees to take home Rootstock and Scionwood(fruit variety) will be available for your use. Please call Gil to

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

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:

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

Oct 19, 2019: 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.

March 21, 2020 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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