[nafex] NAFEX annual meeting 2015
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Mon Jun 1 22:42:08 EDT 2015
*NAFEX ANNUAL MEETING 2015*
Bob Purvis, Pete Scott and Jerry Lehman
Your 2015 Annual Meeting Committee
Bob Purvis and Pete Scott have been working hard to line up interesting
and informative speakers. Here are a few; Liza Greenman, Fruit Exploring
for Millennials; Nick Howard, Fruit Breeding for the Backyard Grower;
Jim Riddle, owner and operator of Blue Fruit Farm speaking on culture
and marketing of blueberries, elderberries, blackcurrant and aronia; Dan
Busey, Saving Heirloom Seeds; Dell Christianson, Foliar Nutrition for
Fruit Trees; Jacquelyn Kuehn, The Future of NAFEX; Harry Hoch, owner
Hoch Orchards, Operating a Farm Fruit Market; Ron Dickie, Cultivating
and Marketing Strawberries; Paul Bingham, Accessing the ARS (USDA)
Germplasm Repository and Obtaining Materials and Designing Edible
Landscapes; Brian Nelson, Spotted Wing Drosophila; Oriana Kruszewski,
Asian Pears for the Upper Midwest; Bob Purvis, Growing Apricots in the
Contact Bob Purvis or Pete Scott to make arrangements for your
presentation. Better hurry as the roster is nearly full and there may be
some openings due to cancellations. If we have extra presentations we
may continue at 7:00 PM. The auction is also planned for Thursday evening.
The Friday bus tour presently has 5 stops scheduled. This will be a
full, interesting day.
We began the day with a visit to Ron’s Barry Farm in Minnesota operated
by Ron and Peggy Dickie where they cultivate strawberries and asparagus.
Another stop is the Blue Fruit Farm where they have 4 acres of aronia,
blackcurrant, blueberry and elderberries. Owner Jim Riddle will also
address us during the technical sessions.
Lunch is planned for the Hoch Apple Orchard catered by the Harry Hoch
family who operate the orchard, farm market and kitchen.
After lunch we travel to Ecker’s Apple Orchard where they grow Cortland
and Honey Crisp and sell caramel apples and apple pie in their farm market.
We plan to also visit Blue House Blueberries, primarily a you pick
operation. Owner Steve Nice will give us a tour of their orchard where
they cultivate and market blueberries, blue ice plums, honeyberry
(haskap) and aronia.
We will return at 5 PM for a short rest before the start of the banquet
and wine tasting. Have a fruit wine that you are proud of? Bring a few
bottles to impress fellow members. Do you have favorite a wine made by a
local winery, ask them to donate a few bottles for the publicity. There
will also be a cash bar prior to the banquet. Our scheduled speaker is
Steven Murray who has traveled extensively in China, a very
knowledgeable young man well-versed on foreign fruits. At last year’s
annual meeting Steven made a short presentation of fruits that he
observed and photographed. He has promised to give more details about
many of the interesting fruits. Following the banquet will be the annual
business meeting and election of officers.
A car caravan trip to Seed Savers Exchange near Decorah, Iowa is being
planned for Saturday, July 25.
The conference center has bent the rules for us not only in allowing
wine tasting before the banquet they are also going to allow us to serve
homemade cookies that include fruit and nuts at Thursdays coffee breaks.
We will also have a limited a number of pastries at the breaks from the
Inn’s catering service.
While you’re in LaCrosse Wisconsin you can also plan to attend the
Northern Nut Growers Annual Meeting July 26 through 28. See their
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