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Learn to grow and preserve fruit!  Our spring classes include young tree care, pest management, and the first of this year’s canning classes.  All classes are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.  Sign up online through Brown Paper Tickets, or send a check with the class name and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle, WA 98118. Visit www.cityfruit.org/classes.htm to learn more.

Espalier
Saturday, April 9, 10am-noon
Bradner Gardens Park: 1733 Bradner Pl. S, Seattle WA 98144
Learn the espalier technique to train fruit trees against a wall or trellis for growing in small spaces, improving fruit production, growing heat-loving fruit, and decoration.  The class covers how to select trees to espalier, how to plant them and set them up, and how to prune them.  Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes, and has more than 15 years' experience professionally pruning fruit trees.

Grow Fruit in Containers
Saturday, April 30, 10am-noon
Jackson Place Co-Housing: 800 Hiawatha Pl. S, Seattle WA
Learn Techniques to keep fruit thriving in containers.  We will cover container size and placement, watering, fertilization, root pruning and choosing appropriate tree varieties for the Northwest.  Companion planting and organic pest and disease control will also be discussed.  Amy Ocklander, Adult Education Coordinator and Garden Educator at Seattle Tilth, is a well-seasoned gardener who grows a large variety of food crops, including fruit trees, in her urban home garder, many of the in containers.

Organic Pest Management
Saturday, May 14, 10am-noon
Bradner Gardens Park: 1733 Bradner Pl. S, Seattle WA 98144
This workshop takes an ecological approach to protecting apples, pears, Asian pears and stone fruits from common pests in the Pacific Northwest, including apple maggot fly, codling moth, scab and other fungal diseases.  The class will address strategies ranging from choosing more resistant cultivars, maintaining tree hygiene, using barriers, installing traps, promoting beneficial insects and using organic sprays.  Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes, and has more than 20 years' experience maintaining gardens and orchards.

Caring for Young Fruit Trees
Saturday, May 21, 10am-noon
Jackson Place Co-Housing: 800 Hiawatha Pl. S, Seattle WA
While young trees are getting established, they need special care.  Learn how and when to water, staking techniques, how soon you should prune, and basic care for the life of your tree.

Low-Sugar Jam
Saturday, June 4, 10am-noon
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Many jam recipes call for lots of sugar in order to ensure fruit preservation, but the outcome is not only unhealthy, it often obscures the true taste of the fruit.  This class will cover techniques to safely make low-sugar jams, and in the process you’ll learn basic canning and jam-making techniques.  Shannon Valderas is a Seattle Tilth Master Food Preserver with many years of canning experience.

Organic Pest Management
Saturday, June 18, 10am-noon
Green Bean Coffeehouse: 8533 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
This workshop takes an ecological approach to protecting apples, pears, Asian pears and stone fruits from common pests in the Pacific Northwest, including apple maggot fly, codling moth, scab and other fungal diseases.  The class will address strategies ranging from choosing more resistant cultivars, maintaining tree hygiene, using barriers, installing traps, promoting beneficial insects and using organic sprays.  Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes, and has more than 20 years' experience maintaining gardens and orchards.

Jam-Making Basics
Saturday, June 25, 2-4pm
Jackson Place Co-Housing: 800 Hiawatha Pl. S, Seattle WA
Get ready for harvest time!  Hold on to summer all year long, and keep that bumper crop from going to waste by making your own jams.  You’ll learn basic water-bath canning techniques and how to make jam from any fruit safely at home.  Nancy Gohring is a Seattle Tilth Master Food Preserver and City Fruit board member.

Canning Basics
Saturday, July 16, 10-12pm
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Learn this traditional preservation technique and open up a whole world of homemade jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, sauces, even pickles!  The class will cover equipment, safety, ingredients, basic water-bath canning, and where to find canning recipes and resources.  Nancy Gohring is a Master Food Preserver and City Fruit board member.
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