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 BYFG c/o Nils Peterson, 6666 Van Winkle Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044. .
Please direct all comments and suggestions about this webpage to Bill Dailey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winter 2018 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
(password is in your current Newsletter)
BYFG 28th Anniversary Winter Meeting January 20, 2018
@ 9:15 am Doors open…..
Presents a “Trio of Great Professionals”
Featuring “Insects in an ever changing World” or “Insects: We can’t live with them or without them”
Farm & Home Center, Lancaster PA
@ 10:00 am is Jim Eisenstein, presenting his version of backyard growing using his organic experiences using Surround, and other noninvasive measures.
@ 11:00 am we have John Baker Coordinator PA Spotted Lanternfly will present the ongoing problems we are facing with the Spotted Lanternfly.
@ 1:00 Dave Biddinger will start off the afternoon session with “Conserving Pollinators in Your Orchard"
@ 2:30 Dave will present “Conserving Biological Controls”
Pawpaw Tour at Ted Weeden's on September 23
Twenty people attended the Saturday pawpaw tour at Ted Weeden's house.
It was a very hot day in the upper 80's. After the property tour, we enjoyed
sitting in the shade listening to Ted expound on the pawpaws. His presentation
was punctuated with the background noises you would expect hear: birds chirping,
insects and bees buzzing, and the occasional "THUNK". this "THUNK" is the sound
a ripe pawpaw makes when hitting the ground. Ted was even heard to say - That's
a Shenandoah! , though they all sounded alike to me. Ted had collected and labeled
about 50 large pawpaws. We tasted at least 10 varieties of pawpaws. Some were
commercially known names like Overleese, Mango, Shenandoah, and Davis. Mango seemed
to be well liked of that group. Ted has several seedlings of named fruit that he
has grown out and also has his own crosses. His tree named OS1 (cross of Overleese and Sunflower)
was also well liked. Ted said the quality and taste for a particular tree does
seem to change as the tree matures and of course the growing conditions vary from
year to year. Everybody left with pawpaw fruit in their hands -"some picked them
up and put them in their pockets". A good time was had by all. Thanks Ted for
a wonderful afternoon !
reported by Steve Shambeda
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
Jan 20 Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
Feb 17 Winter Workshops Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
March 24 Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum.
April end Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
May 11-12 BYFG Tree Sale, Landis Valley Musueum
August Mid Summer Tour (contact Chris is you would like to host it)
September Mid Pawpaw Tour(s) Location TBA
October 6-7 BYFG/LVM Tasting, Landis Valley Museum
October TBA BYFG Private Tasting, White Oak Nursery
November TBA Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
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.
April 29 Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
May 12-13 Tree Sale/Herb Faire, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster PA.
August 26 Summer Tour at Gerry Ebersole's place in the Lancaster area.
September 23 Ted Weeden's Home Place Pawpaw Tour of his dozens of named varieties.
September 24 Holtwood Pawpaw Tour through the wild stands on the Susquehanna.
October 7-8 BYFG/LVM Fruit Tasting, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, PA.
October 14 BYFG Private Fruit Tasting, White Oak Nursery
November 18 Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA.
Jan 16 Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA
Feb 27 Winter Workshops, Landis Valley Museum
March 19 Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum
April 29 Planning Group, Oregon Dairy - Lititz, PA - NOTE DATE CHANGE
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:
Steve Shambeda, 908-442-5133 Bangor, PA. apple, pear, gooseberry, black current, alpine strawberry, blackberry, rocks.
Chris and Sarah Manning, 5276 Steelville Rd. , Steelville PA 19310, email@example.com. Apples, plums, pears, kiwis, figs, and keep pastured laying hens and grow a large vegetable garden using integrated pest management methods. Also sollitary polinating bees.
Bill Dailey, Broomall, PA
firstname.lastname@example.org. Intensive orchard of antique and new apples trained as espalier and cordons. Large selection of various gooseberry cultivars. Also other berries, pears, and peaches.
Tucker Hill, Etters, PA TuckerH@epix.net 717-938-6090. Chestnut, hazel, hickory, black walnut, Persian walnut, hican, pecan, jujube, pawpaw, jostaberry, trifoliate orange, figs, bamboo. Nut tree grafting.
Bass Samaan , 2184 Drury Lane, Bethlehem PA 18018,
email@example.com. Over 150 cultivars of figs, jujubes, kiwis, persimmons, etc. on a third of an acre. Also visit his website: Trees of Joy
Rick Stuby, New Tripoli, PA (610) 760-2306. www.holyrootfarm.com. Apples on vertical axis. Honeybees.
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
Burpee- the seed company's Home Gardening Pages with lots of good information.
Pinetree Garden Seeds A TREMENDOUS online catalog featuring many different kinds of seeds and some fruits. Great prices.
The Garden Web - a collection of gardening resources, including an on-line seed/plant
Miscellaneous Pages of Interest
North Star Orchard- Ike and Lisa Kirschner's wonderful orchard and vegetable Farm located in Cochranville, PA.
Lakeside Orchards (Manchester, Maine) - offering apple gift packs.
Comments or suggestions for including other useful information or links to other web pages can be sent to