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).
Note that the password for access to Newsletter and Woodbank has changed.
It is available in your Winter 2020 newsletter that was snail-mailed or e-mailed to you.
Winter 2020 Newsletter
(members will need to use the same username and password as for Woodbank)
WOODBANK 2018 is online!
Members can download a copy of
Woodbank 2018 in pdf format by clicking here.You can get the depositor list
(password is in your current Newsletter)
We are planning to go ahead with tomorrow's Winter Meeting.
A Wintry mix of 1 to 3 inches of snow/slush is predicted for Lancaster, starting mid-day.
Please use your best judgement when deciding to travel.
30th Anniversary BYFG Winter Meeting(click to get details)
More details are in the Winter 2020 Newsletter.
January 18, 2020 10am - 4 pm
Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA
2020 Winter Workshops(click to get details)
February 15, 2020 10am - 4 pm (doors open at 9:30)
Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA
Cost: $5 per workshop in advance (Print out and mail this registration form), $10 per workshop at door
Alternatively you can register online at brownpapertickets.com
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 18 Winter Meeting, Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
Feb 15 Winter Workshops Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
March 21 Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum.
April 18 Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
May TBA BYFG Tree Sale, Landis Valley Museum
August TBA Summer Tour
September TBA Pawpaw Tour(s)
October TBA BYFG/LVM Tasting, Landis Valley Museum
October TBA BYFG Private Tasting, White Oak Nursery
November TBA Planning Group Meeting, Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
Jan 19 BYFG Winter Meeting, PA Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
Feb 16 Winter Workshops PA Farm and Home - Lancaster, PA.
March 23 Grafting Workshop, Landis Valley Museum.
May10&11 BYFG Tree Sale, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, PA.
August 17 Summer Tour, Grandview Vineyard, Larry and Marilyn Kennel,1489 Grandview Rd, Mt Joy, PA.
September 21 & 22 Pawpaw Tours at Ted Weeden's and Holtwood
Oct 12&13 BYFG/LVM Tasting
Woodbank 2018 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 December 29th of every year. Hardcopies will be updated/uploaded and distributed on the even numbered years at the January meeting, and electronic copies will be updated/uploaded on odd numbered years.
Woodbank 2018 will be free to all depositors who list in 2018. 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 2018 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