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.
Applied as hourly rate:
$25 group fee+$7 per youth, $10 adults
$35 group fee+$6 per youth, $9 adults
$45 group fee+$5 per youth, $8 adults
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Personal classes! At your site are $95 first hour and $80 there-after. Add up to
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
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
2 hour classes are $42, 3 person minimum. If class size is 5-10 persons =$35, 11-15 (maximum) =$28
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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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