Welcome to the U of S Fruit Program

One of the most active and exciting university fruit programs in Canada today. The U of S fruit researchers have been carefully breeding and selecting cold hardy plants for superior fruit quality and yield for over 90 years. China, Mongolia, Russia, Hungary, India and Japan have all contributed to one of the most extensive and diverse collection of cold hardy fruiting plants in North America.





Saskatchewan Haskap Soil Project

Agriculture Saskatchewan is funding our program to take soil and leaf samples of haskap plants around Saskatchewan. We might be able to visit or you can send us some samples to be analyzed, please fill out the following form. It can be downloaded here and either mailed or emailed to the fruit program. We will call or email you to give you more details.

Fruit Program Technicians

Rick Sawatzky: Rick has been with the program for 45 years! Rick has been recovering from a fall on the ice in February, but is now back on the job 60% of the time. Hopefully by October or November he may be back full time. While Rick is an expert in all areas he is particulary knowledgeable regarding tree fruits. rick.sawatzky@usask.ca

Justin Schaeffer: Formerly the head technician for the vegetable program, he is now in charge of fruit research projects and many experiments in the field and in the greenhouse. He also manages our website. Justin.Schaeffer@usask.ca

Lisa Taylor: She is the technician in charge of propagation, both traditional cuttings and tissue culture. She assists our licenced propagators. lisa.taylor@usask.ca

The above may help you to direct inquiries but it is usually better to contact our facebook page for general fruit questions. From May through August, call the U of Sask gardenline and talk to Mary Lee at 306-966-5865 or email gardenline@usask.ca


The Fruit Program is on Facebook!

The U of S Fruit program now has it's own facebook page. Be sure to like us in order to follow our progress through the field season as well as keep up to date with events and other information.

New Haskap Varieties Arriving in 2016/17/18

The U of S Fruit program has released 3 new haskap varieties: Boreal Blizzard, Boreal Beauty, and Boreal Beast. All have larger fruits, bigger berries and are later ripening than our first varieties. Read about them in our haskap section.


2013 Gourmand award winner!

Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies has won the prestigious Gourmand award for "Best Fund Raising, Charity and Community Cookbook in Canada-English"

The new cherry cookbook can be ordered from the University of Saskatchewan bookstore.
Click HERE to order your copy.

It is also available from the following locations around Saskatoon:
U of S Bookstore
North of 40
McNally Robinson

Saskmade Marketplace
Western Development Museum Gift Shop
Ukrainian Museum of Canada



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