Protecting Seattle’s apples, one apple at a time

A bug free apple.
A bug free apple.

Between codling moths and apple maggot flies, fruit tree owners had almost given up on growing quality apples. City Fruit knew these apples could be saved, so they created a campaign called Save Seattle’s Apples.

With strategic planning and outreach, pest control was made a little easier for fruit tree owners, and City Fruit uses only organic means to prevent pest damage.

Among the paper baggies, nylon footies, kaolin clay, and other various organic pest prevention techniques, 90.9 percent of respondents used paper baggies as their method of pest prevention.

Last spring, City Fruit was honored with the Game Changing Action Award by Seattle Met for this successful campaign.

How’d they do it? City Fruit applied for a community forestry assistance grant through DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. The funding for this grant came from the U.S. Forest Service.

We can learn a few tips from City Fruit. If you’re interested in covering/protecting your own apples or donating your fruit, contact them through their website at

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