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

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Last updated 1/14/16

January 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)

Annual Winter Meeting
Farm and Home Center, Lancaster, PA
Saturday January 16, 2016
Doors open at 9:30 am

Our Winter Meeting speaker, Eliza Greenman, on January 16 should be quite exciting! She is the voice of youth in the alternative orchard industry. Her general theme will be Unconventional Stories from a Young Apple Farmer. She hails from northern Virginia, and is involved in growing heirloom apples for cider, experimenting with various orchard density models, and the interplay between livestock and the orchard, and much more. She communicates mostly via an Internet blog she is most active on, and has been written about in numerous publications.

Details 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

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

Past Events:
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 8    Summer Tour. A tour, picnic and Speaker's Fund auction at Rich Szarko's amazing farm in Manheim. PA. During the afternoon we will carpool to the nearby PSU Research Station for a private tour! Details to follow.
September 26 and 27    Pawpaw Tours
October 10 & 11    Harvest Days, Landis Valley Museum
October 24    BYFG Tasting, White Oak Nursery, Strasburg, PA
November 14    Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy


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


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