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Three City Fruit classes coming up in Phinney

City Fruit, which organizes volunteers to pick fruit from neighborhood trees to donate to food banks and school food programs, is getting a jump on fruit season with canning and pest management classes.
All classes are $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Click on the class you want here and you’ll be redirected to Brown Paper Tickets for purchase. You can also send a check with the class name and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle, WA 98118.

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.
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.