Backyard Fruit Growers

The informal association of Backyard Fruit Growers began in 1990 as an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who wish to produce excellent fruit for the family, and to respect the backyard environment. Members get together four times a year at seasonal meetings (Winter, Spring Grafting, Summer Orchard Tour, Fall Apple Tasting) to share ideas and fellowship. Members also receive a newsletter, Backyard Fruit Grower, which has a circulation of about 350. If you live within driving distance of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and if you would like to participate in our seasonal events, subscribe to the seasonal newsletter to receive schedules and directions. To subscribe to the seasonal newsletter, print out and fill in this subscription form, or read through this online copy of the Backyard Fruit Growers brochure, send $15 for 2 years and snailmail to Suzanne Milshaw, BYFG Treasurer, 7323 Bryan St. Apt. 1, Philadelphia, PA 19119.  email:smilshaw@gmail.com.

Contact Backyard Fruit Growers by emailing Chris Manning, Editor byfg@epix.net.

Please direct all comments and suggestions about this webpage to Bill Dailey (dailey@sas.upenn.edu).
Last updated 3/13/15


March 2015 Newsletter (members will need to use the same username and password as for Woodbank)
WOODBANK 2014 is online!

Members can download a copy of Woodbank 2014 in pdf format by clicking here.You can get the depositor list here.
(password is in your current Newsletter)

Take a virtual tour of Bill Dailey's garden in bloom Spring 2009  (note:this is a large (7 MB) file in Quicktime format. Save it to your computer to see it full screen.)


BYFG 25th Anniversary Grafting Workshop
Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, PA
Saturday March 28, 2015

Doors open at 8:30 am. BYFG members can Register at the LVM Firehouse by 9:45AM.

10:00 - 12:00 BYFG members only grafting workshop in the Yellow Barn. Rootstocks are $3 each.

1:00 - 3:00 Public Grafting Workshop.

Advance registration is strongly suggested, as the afternoon public workshop usually fills up. The $30.00 entry fee includes all materials, handouts, hands on training and two grafted trees to take home. Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Museum’s Firehouse, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster. The seminar runs from 1 to 3 PM. Contact Mike Emery at (717) 569-0401, or email him at memery@pa.gov for details.


Details for members are in the latest newsletter available here.

Future and Recent Events

Current BYFG Newsletter subscribers and their families are invited to the following events. Please check the website for schedule changes and corrections. See your Newsletter for driving directions and the schedule for each day - Thanks

2015 Dates
Jan 24    BYFG 25th Anniversary Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA
Feb 21    Winter Workshops, Landis Valley Museum
March 28    Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum
April 18    Planning Group, Oregon Dairy - Lititz, PA
May 8 & 9    Tree Sale, Landis Valley Museum
August ?    Summer Tour
September ?    Pawpaw Tours
October 10 & 11    Harvest Days, Landis Valley Museum
October ?    BYFG Tasting
November ?    Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy


Past Events:
2014 Dates
Jan 18    Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA
Feb 22    Winter Workshops, Landis Valley Museum
March 22    Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum
April 26    Planning Group, Oregon Dairy - Lititz, PA
May 9 & 10    Tree Sale, Landis Valley Museum
August 2    Summer Tour, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA.
September 20 & 21    Pawpaw Tours, Ted's Homeplace, Holtwood Hike with Ted Weeden
October 11 & 12    Harvest Days, Landis Valley Museum
October 25    BYFG Tasting, White Oak Nursery, Strasburg, PA
November 15    Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy

Woodbank

Woodbank 2014 is a listing of cultivars fruited by members of the BYFGs who offer to swap scionwood with other listed BYFGs during our seasonal get-togethers. Deposit your varieties with Steve Shambeda by 3/1/15 to be included in the 2015 update. Woodbank 2014 will be free to all depositors who list in 2014. If you are not yet a listed depositor, you may pick up Woodbank copies at seasonal meeting for $5.00 each. Members can also download a copy of Woodbank 2014 in pdf format by clicking here. You can get the depositor list here. You will be prompted for a username and password which you can obtain from your most recent issue of Backyard Fruit Grower newsletter or you can email Chris. The username/password is the same for the newsletter.


Visit Other BYFG Orchards

The following BYFGs invite you to call or write ahead and arrange a visit:

Links to other pages of interest to BYFGs

New Additions to the site: (BYFG'ers can email me suggestions to add to our pages) 

Highly Recommended Sites

Online Catalogs, Sources, etc

Bees, Bees, Bees

Figs

Fruit Production Information Links

Gardening Links - Seeds

Miscellaneous Pages of Interest

Orchard Links


Comments or suggestions for including other useful information or links to other web pages can be sent to Bill Dailey