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 this online copy of the Backyard Fruit Growers brochure, and send $15 for 2 years membership and snailmail to Chris & Sarah Manning, 5276 Steelville Rd.; Steelville PA 19310.

Contact Backyard Fruit Growers by emailing Chris Manning, Editor

Please direct all comments and suggestions about this webpage to Bill Dailey (
Last updated 12/31/16

August 2016 Newsletter (members will need to use the same username and password as for Woodbank)
WOODBANK 2016 is online!

Members can download a copy of Woodbank 2016 in pdf format by clicking here.You can get the depositor list here.
(password is in your current Newsletter)

Winter Meeting featuring Pete Halupka
Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd
Lancaster, PA
Saturday January 21, 2017 from 10am to 4 pm
There is a suggested donation of $10.00.

In the morning, Pennsylvania Spotted Lanternfly Coordinator John Baker will discuss how PA is dealing with this new threat to our fruit crops.
In the afternoon, Mr. Halupka will speak about fruit exploration and foraging as they relate to his business startup, Harvest Roots Ferments. He will also discuss the challenges and rewards of creating a small business. Pete Halupka (Mentone, Alabama) is a forager, fruit explorer, southern fruit historian and the co-owner of Harvest Roots Ferments - Alabama’s first and only diversified fermentation company. Harvest Roots Ferments produces kombucha (a fermented tea beverage), specialty sauerkrauts, kimchi, and other pickled, fermented vegetable dishes. His major focus is where fermentation, foraging and fruit exploring intersect. He studies and employs the history of fermentation from across the world to meet the demands of abundance found in nature and the orchard, to truly recognize the potential of heirloom fruits that historically were fermented, to gain nutrients and medicinal qualities not present without fermentation, and to create an innovative, marketable product out of wild and cultivated abundance. He is a co-founder and active collaborator of The Fruit Explorers, a millennial group of fruit preservationists focused on hunting and preserving heirloom fruit. For more information, contact Timothy Elkner at 717-394-6851.

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

2017 Dates
Jan 21 Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA. 10am to 4 pm.
Feb 25 Winter Workshops at Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster. 10 to 4.
March 18 Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum.
?? Summer Tour ??
?? Pawpaw Tour ??
?? BYFG Tasting ??

Past Events:
2016 Dates
Jan 16   Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA
Feb 27    Winter Workshops, Landis Valley Museum
March 19    Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum
April 16    Planning Group, Oregon Dairy - Lititz, PA
July 30    BYFG Contra Dance, Landis Valley Museum
August 13    Summer Tour. Chris and Sarah Manning's place in Steelville PA.
September 17    Pawpaw Tour, Ted Weeden's place only this year.
October 8 & 9    Harvest Days, Landis Valley Museum
October 15    BYFG Tasting, White Oak Nursery, Strasburg, PA
November 12    Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy


Woodbank 2016 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 3/1/17 to be included in the 2017 update. Woodbank 2016 will be free to all depositors who list in 2016. 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 2016 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


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