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  • Subject: [nafex] NAFEX 2016 Conferance Schedual update
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:12:47 +0000 (UTC)

Hello all,
I hope to see many of you at our annual meeting again this year. There has
been some updates to the event schedule that you may want take note of. If
you haven't registered yet, please do so ASAP so we can get a good head count
for the caterers. Please contact Tom Knaust <> if you have
any questions.
2016 NAFEX Annual Meeting in Bethel, PASchedule-Thursday July 28th12:00
Campground open 6:00 Board Meeting at Fellowship HallCampfire and Greet and
Meet after the Board Meeting
Friday July 29th  9:00- 9:45 - Michael McConkey - “The History of
NAFEX”10:00- 10:45 - Steven Murray11:00-12:00 - Lee Reich - “Pomona’s
Secrets: Cold-Hardy, Delectable, Pest-Free Fruits”12:30- 1:30 Lunch 2:00-
3:30 Organize Open Sessions  for Friday and Saturday 4:00- 5:30 Open Space-
Concurrent sessions6:00- 7:00 Dinner7:00- Show and TellAfterwards- Fire
Circle, musicSaturday July 30th9:00- 9:45 - Kathy Kelly10:00- 10:45 Bass
Samaan - “Grow Figs Anywhere!”11:00-12:00 - Andy Moore - “The Past, Present,
and Future of Growing Pawpaws”12:30- 1:30 Lunch2:00- 3:30 Open Space:
Concurrent sessions4:00-5:30 Open Space: Concurrent sessions 6:00- 7:00
Dinner7:30 AuctionAfterwards-Fire circle, musicSunday July 31stClean up site
and leave for field trips10:00 am  Field trip caravan- Rendezvous at the
Comfort Inn, 433 Suedberg Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963  for 10:30 departure for
toursSpeaker Bio’s-Andrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, just south of
the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a
weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times.
Pawpaw--a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing &
Literature category--is his first book.Bass Samaan started collecting figs
and other unique fruit trees 15 years ago in the attempt to find the perfect
varieties for the Northeast climate. Now raising over 200 varieties of figs,
and other fruit trees. Owner of Trees of Joy nursery, of Bethlehem, Pa.Kathy
Kelley PhD is a professor of horticulture marketing and business management
at Penn State University.  Her expertise in is the marketing of wine, produce
and ethnic foods.  She has been studying consumer attitudes and behaviors
pertaining to horticultural goods and services.  Lee Reich, PhD is an avid
farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in
soil science and horticulture. He eventually turned from plant and soil
research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing, and
consulting. Besides providing a year ‘round supply of fruits and vegetables,
his farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative
techniques in soil care, pruning, and food production.
Show and Tell-Please bring an item to share with the group during Friday
night’s Show and Tell.  This could be anything fruit related; from a homemade
tool, interesting fruit, squirrel deterrent device, or anything in between.  
This will be very informal and just a time for sharing things you’ve
discovered on your pomological path.

Auction-Please bring an item to contribute to Saturday night's Auction.  This
is a great way to have fun while raising funds for the treasury.  Popular
past item’s have included books, jams and preserves, plant material, tools,
garden art, squirrel catapults, and more!Vendor’s Alley-There will be tables
set up inside Fellowship Hall for you to vend your wares.  There will be time
before and after meals to peruse the vendors alley.  Edible Landscaping will
be coming with a selection of plants and Lee Reich will have his books
available for purchase.  There is no fee for vending, simply bring any items
that you are interested in selling and set them up.  You will be responsible
for taking payment for items.Open Space-This years conference will feature
Open Space, an exciting, efficient and effective meeting methodology, along
with our formal presentations.  Here is a brief definition; “Open Space
(Technology) is a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+
people, and a powerful approach to leadership in any kind of organization, in
everyday practice and turbulent change.”  To find out more about Open Space
check out this website.We have compiled a list of potential topics to be
discussed for the afternoon Open Space sessions.  Here are some to get your
juices flowing.  Bring any topic that you are interested in as well.  This
format allows for a more informal discussion as opposed to the very formal
morning presentations.  It also allows us to leverage each other's collective
knowledge as opposed to just receiving one person's perspective and  
experience.  I would like to reiterate that  we are anticipating enough
topics will be proposed to run at least 3 concurrent breakout groups during
Open Space sessions.  This will allow everyone to pick and choose the
discussions they want to participate in during each session.  These sessions
can also be hands on, so bring any props or materials that you would like to
show and tell.

- Sheep and other grazers in the orchard (this will most likely be
combined with Bob Purvis’s “poultry in the orchard” (ed. note Can you start
to see how this is going to work?)
- Gorilla planting on public land – It’s better to beg forgiveness than
ask for persimmon…I mean permission....
- To an older guy- what advice did you hear when you were starting out
that has stood the test of time and you want to pass on?
- Small scale fruit breeding - techniques for trying a lot of varieties in
a small space
- Farm Made Potting soil - start to finish, with a focus on locally
available Non-fossil inputs.
- Economy of the lazy - a discussion of cultivars and species which
provide the best fruits for the least effort.
- Squirrel proofing, if there is such a thing other than a .22 (us city
dwellers are sorta stuck).
- Grafting across genera i.e. Citrus on Poncira, Apples on Photinia
- Wild/feral/urban fruit foraging (ethics i.e. sharing the resource and
- Che in general. Are Che dioecious or monoecious (and how do you spell
- Maximizing habitat diversity in an orchard- and by this I mean how best
to grow plants, animals, mushrooms, etc in concert.
- More importantly: where is nafex going and how are we going to pull
together all the generations (newbies and elders) to make the club better
than ever?
- Irrigation!
- Guerrilla grafting- will there be any incompatibility problems grafting
a chimpanzee onto an orangutan?
- Questions about climate change and fruits...with some areas getting
colder/hotter/wetter/floodier, what ideas to care for the trees that are in
the ground? How to prepare for loss of trees? Thinking of ways to increase
genetic diversity to give trees adaptation advantage
- Nutrition and trees...having information on the biggest punches you get
in vitamins/nutrients/fats from different types of trees, medicines and other
- Growing trees underground (ed. Note is that about gorilla planting or
maybe roots?)
- discussion on favorite books for continuing education, especially if
folks attending wrote them.
- Possible crosses for fruit trees
- economic viability of obscure fruits in general - are there places where
markets for these fruits are growing? what's the economic outlook for farming
with fruits like persimmon, pawpaw, etc.
- The future of jujubes = in my mouth :)
- Do I climb the tree to pick the fruit...or do I just shake the @%&* out

Food Menu:As promised the food at the conference will not be industrial
cafeteria food, but food made from healthy locally sourced ingredients that
support farmers in the community. We worked hard to find a local caterer that
would provide such delectable dishes at a reasonable price.  Food deadline-
July 25th It is necessary to reserve a meal ticket as our caterer will be
ordering food from farmers ahead of time. If you have not yet signed up for
meals for the conference please do so by July 25th through the registration
form found here.
- Friday “Picnic” lunch
Assorted sandwiches including a vegetarian optionFresh garden  saladLocal
potato chipsFresh local fruitCookies

- Friday Dinner
Shepherd’s PieVegetable Pasta EntréeDinner rollsFresh garden saladMini

- Saturday lunch
QuicheLemon chicken saladCalifornia pasta saladPotato rollsMini desserts

- Saturday dinner
Chicken carbonaraCoal fired lasagnaFresh garden saladGlazed carrotsBean
medleySheet cake or/ and mini cupcakes

- Sunday lunch
Boxed lunches including sandwich or saladPotato chipsCookies
Lodging update-  If you have not yet registered for the meeting you will need
to arrange lodging for yourself.  The meeting will be held at the beautiful
Camp Swatara, nestled in the appalachian mountains.  They offer primitive
camping and full hook-up RV sites.  To make a campsite reservation please
call Camp Swatara Family Camp directly at (717)-933-5244.  Mention the NAFEX
meeting to be placed with other NAFEX campers.We have reserved a limited
number of rooms at the nearest hotel, about a ten minute drive.  To make a
reservation at The Comfort Inn Call (570) 345-8031, or fax (570) 345-2308 or
visit their website to make your reservation. The hotel's address is: 433
Suedberg Rd, Pine Grove, PA, 17963.  Mention the NAFEX annual meeting to
secure the discounted rate of $61/ night.There are two nearby bed and
breakfasts - Berry Patch B&B in Lebanon and Stone House B&B in Schuylkill
Haven. Double occupancy room rates start at $129 per night. Websites to makes
reservations are and
Tours-Tours will commence on Sunday July 31st.  We will be caravanning to two
separate locations.  We will meet at the Comfort Inn at 433 Suedberg Rd, Pine
Grove, PA, 17963 at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning.  We will depart at 10:30 and
head to EITHER North Star Orchard OR Kiwi Corners.  Due to their proximity to
each other and the travel time involved we will not be able to make it to
both locations.  If you didn’t sign up for the provided bag lunch, please
bring your own lunch.Kiwi Korners FarmKiwi Korners Farm is one of three hardy
kiwi (actinidia arguta aka: kiwi berries) commercial growers in the US, and
the only certified organic producer and packer.  The 40 acre farm, located
outside of Danville in Northumberland County, is where Holly Laubach and Dave
Jackson have been growing hardy kiwi for the past 28 years.  
North Star OrchardIke Kerschner specializes in growing unique and heritage
varieties of tree fruits and also runs a fruit CSA. Fruit selections at North
Star include several hundred varieties of apples and dozens of varieties of
peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and Asian pears. Ike will also share about
the self-funded breeding work he is doing to advance the field of organic
fruit production in the mid-Atlantic region.Day Rates-Day visitors will be
welcome. Their rate will be 25.00 at the door. 10.00 if they renew or sign up
as new members.Checklist of 10 Essential things to pack for the conference-
- Toothbrush
- A spirit of generosity with an inquisitive and open mind.
- Subjects or questions pertaining to fruit you are excited about or think
other members would be also.
- Pictures of your work, orchard, techniques, fruit that we can post on
our central bulletin board for participants to peruse during the conference.
- Samples of fruit you are growing and the stories behind them. Extra
produce for our meals.  Baked goods for coffee breaks.
- Promotional material for your nursery, product, or organization related
to fruit for the Vendor’s Alley.
- Something useful, or no longer of use, that someone might find useful as
a donation for the auction Saturday night.  This, of course, is a fundraiser
for the club.
- Something fun, whimsical, innovative, inspiring to share for Friday
night’s show and tell.
- Homemade cider, mead, wine, musical instruments… for the evening fire
circles. Fermented foods for the meals.
- Mostly, important don’t forget #2 on the checklist, it’s your passport.

If all of us can manage to pack at least 5 of the above items it will be an
amazing conference.
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