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: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 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
(password is in your current Newsletter)
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 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
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 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:
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 (717) 938-6090. Jujubes, nut trees, and 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