Fruit Program News
!!!Please note that the Annual Business Meeting date is different than what is printed in the NEVFC program. The meeting will be held atnoon, immediately following the Stone Fruit session on Wednesday!!!
Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association
Annual Business Meeting
New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference
Pemigewasset Ballroom (Ballroom A)
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
12:00 Noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
- Opening remarks - Cook
- Minutes of the last Annual Business Meeting - Autio
- Secretary's report - Autio
- Treasurer's report - Autio
- Committee reports
- Legislative - Dowse
- UMass Fruit Advisory - Carlson
- Harvest Labor - O’Toole
- Marketing, Publicity, & Promotion - Nicewicz
- Trustees of the UMass Cold Spring Orchard - Chandler
- Old business
- Presentation of nominations
- Election of officers and directors for 2018
- Passing of the gavel to the new president
Please note that the Annual Business Meeting date is different than what is printed in the NEVFC program. The meeting will be held atnoon, immediately following the Stone Fruit session on Wednesday.
New England wide Extension tree fruit specialists have been hard at work to update the on-line version of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide, which can now be found here: http://netreefruit.org/ We will continue making updates and adding content as the 2018 growing season approaches! Please be sure to bookmark, and note that it is mobile friendly, so add a shortcut icon to your smartphone home screen!
Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and cider apple session. On-line registration deadline/discount is November 30.
Registration information may be found at: https://newenglandvfc.org/registration
Beginning in early September, apple maturity reports from the UMass Orchard are being updated here until the end of harvest...
NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth Regulators
Cowgill, W., J. Clements and W. Autio
Plant growth regulator use instructions for promoting/increasing branching on nursery and young apple trees for better tree quality and early fruit production...
Annual Summer Meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers’ Association
in cooperation with University of Massachusetts Fruit Program
TUESDAY, July 11, 2017
Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, Massachusetts
10:00 AM Welcome to Cider Hill Farm and the morning tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
10:15 AM Orchard Tour
Blueberry and raspberry plantings
Primocane blackberry patch
Seedless grape planting
Fruit-tree spacings and preferences
New planting of cider apples
Renewable energy program (solar, small turbines, and high efficiency wood boilers)
Day neutral strawberry high tunnel trial
insect and disease control updates/IPM strategies for tree and small fruit (Jon Clements and Sonia Schloemann)
NOON Lunch by Goody Coles BBQ provided with the registration charge
1:15 PM Welcome to the afternoon tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
1:20 PM Facilities Tour
Brand new hard cider venture
CSA, food truck, and fledgling jam factory
2:30 PM Adjourn
Registration for this meeting will be $25 for Mass. Fruit Growers’ Association members ($35 for non-members) per person and will include the tour, educational program, pesticide recertification credits, and lunch.
To ensure the availability of the meal, please pre-register by adding the appropriate number and type (member or non-member) registrations to your shopping cart and paying with a credit card.
We must receive pre-registrations by Friday, July 7 to assure availability of the lunch.
PDF version of this announcement -- print and register via US Mail.
Register on-line by July 7 using PayPal and a credit card here...