Posts Tagged ‘Tree Fruit Society’


Territorial Seed Company: dispelling a rumor

This post was excerpted from an article by Debbie Teashon and published in the Dec 2013 newsletter of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society.

Rumor has it that Monsanto Corporation owns the Pacific Northwest-based seedhouse, Territorial Seed.  This rumor is simply not true.  Tom and Julie Johns, who still own the company, purchased Territorial Seeds from Steve Solomon back in 1985.

When Monsanto purchased the wholesale seed company Seminis, Territorial looked for other sources of seed and phased out buying seeds from Seminis.  By 2012 Territorial no longer purchased any seed from the Monsanto subsidiary.

Territorial continues to trial seeds for the Pacific NW’s unique and challenging temperate, Mediterranean climate in an effort to provide quality seed for the Northwest gardener.  This includes no GMO’s.


September Report

     I want to talk about the Piper Harvest Fest, but first a side note on the weather.
    We have had weeks and weeks now with no rain….as long as you have been watering the newly planted trees and container trees, then you will have no problem.   In fact, just as there is a silver lining behind every cloud there is also a silver lining behind havng  no clouds as well.    You see,  Seattle has had an over-abundance of water the past few years.   It is nice to see some dry weather (for a change) and give the trees a breather from all the fungal diseases that have been plaguing these trees during the wet weather we have been overly plagued with.

      But the main emphasis of this post is this:   The Piper Orchard Festival of Fruit on Sept. 15th, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be at Carkeek Park again this year.   Please consider being there. (see website for directions)
     Not only is this a chance to meet people from the Tree Fruit Society, and to meet Gail Savina, or to see a cider press in operation or to sample  baked backyard pies  or to have your fruit identified by Dr. Rob Norton.    But on top of all of this, there is a chance to hear  a world-class teacher, Tim Smith from Wenatchee.  Tim Smith  will be there to talk about backyard techniques for improving backyard organic fruit growth.     Tim knows a lot about a lot. As a side note, he helped pioneer one of the few organic pesticides GF 120 NF and I (Don Ricks) will have some of this product there at the festival to be seen by anyone interested   with the further offer  to help people with this product for year 2013 if they are interested.

         Please consider coming.