[nafex] NAFEX annual meeting 2015

mIEKAL aND qazingulaza at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 08:03:56 EDT 2015

Are the presentations happening on Thursday?  Also I could bring up a
couple cases of the wines I make, will it be set up like a wine
tasting so I could serve and talk about them?


On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 9:42 PM, Jerry Lehman <jwlehmantree at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 Cold North.
> 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 website,
> nutgrowing.org.
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