Skagway Organic Gardening Society (SOGS) would like to thank the following individuals/ entities for helping to make the weekend of fruit tree instruction a success: Municipality of Skagway, Charlotte Jewell, Skagway Public Library staff, the Elks & Brittany Thomas, Steve Burnham Jr; and a special thank you goes to the instructor, Mr. Ed Buyarski, and to the 30 or so participants. It was a great turnout and learning experience, covering tree selection, general care, tool sharpening, grafting and pruning. These classes, coordinated by SOGS, with funding provided by the municipality, were held in conjunction with the Fruit & Nut Tree Planting Initiative, which has facilitated the planting of 140 fruit trees in Skagway since 2011.  Anyone interested in participating in the initiative, this year’s applications are available online at ( and at City Hall, and are due to the borough clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27th.  SOGS hopes to coordinate more horticulture classes in the future, with a focus on education that aids in the expansion of a community-based food system.

Kim Burnham