Organized in 1952, the Michigan Nut & Fruit Growers Association (MNFGA) supports interest in nut and fruit bearing plants, their products and their culture.
Members grow a wide variety of nuts and fruits. Nut examples are black and English walnut, chestnut, shagbark and shellbark hickory nuts, hazelnut, butternut, heartnut, northern pecan and buartnut. Minor fruit examples include paw paw, persimmon, kiwi, plum, quince, apricot, elderberry, fig, gooseberry, honeyberry, lingonberry, goji berry, Aronia and service berry.
The Association hosts meetings in spring, summer and fall. Friendly interaction, lively discussion and good food make for an enjoyable day. The typical spring meeting is at MSU with guest speakers. The summer and fall meetings are at member orchards, research stations or at other areas of interest to our members. There are nut evaluations, volunteer days at agriculture research stations, grafting classes and other activities to support member interests. The Association newsletter, The MNFGA News, is published before each meeting and gives meeting information. The MNFGA News articles emphasize practical applications and are of interest to both beginning and experienced fruit and nut growers.
THE MNGA PROMOTES:
interest in nut-bearing plants and minor fruits;
scientific research in their breeding and culture;
standardization of names, and registration of worthy cultivars;
the dissemination of information about nut-bearing plants;
the encouragement of greater usage of these plants in Michigan agriculture, and for landscaping purposes.
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