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. email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Backyard Fruit Growers by emailing Chris Manning, Editor
Please direct all comments and suggestions about this webpage to Bill Dailey (email@example.com).
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
(password is in your current Newsletter)
Winter Meeting featuring Pete Halupka
Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd
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
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 ??
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
email@example.com. 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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