Meetings & Events


 There are three MNFGA meetings held each year during spring, summer, and fall.  In 2019, we will hold a separate grafting class as well as the three meetings.  Meetings vary in location and specific content but generally include a potluck, fundraising auction and a tour when held at a member’s farm.  Spring meetings are usually at the MSU East Lansing Campus. Dates, locations, and meeting details will be posted when available.

2019 Meetings & Events:

MNFGA Spring 2019 Meeting & Scion Exchange is History

When:  Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 am (business meeting), 11:00 lunch and scion exchange

Where:  MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI

Speakers:  Chris Wright: growing edible mushrooms

                      Suede Mobley: hunting wild, edible mushrooms

Auction: fund raiser. We had nuts, jams, trees, books, nut crackers, an electric waffle maker (seriously!) and other fun things. Thanks to all who donated and bought.

Scions: Members and guests brought and took home a variety of scions for grafting.   See information about the Grafting Class below. Due to Asian Chestnut Gall Wasp presence in Michigan, there were NOT any chestnut scions or trees at the meeting.

MNFGA 2019 Grafting Class Was A Success!

When:  Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 am to about 3:00 pm with a potluck lunch in the middle (participants brought a dish to pass).

Where: MSU AgBioResearch Station, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815

What: Grafting 101 by Mike Dority and then hands-on grafting of apple and pear trees to take home.  There were several other experienced grafters for individual instruction at the class.

Cost: $10 donation to cover rootstocks and supplies. 

Why: Grafting is a great, simple method to clone favorite fruits and nuts

How: All materials and instructions were supplied.  Every student went home with at least one apple or pear tree they grafted.

MNFGA Summer Meeting 2019 Had Perfect Weather

When: July 13, 2019, noon start

Where: Portland, MI – the Charles Leik Farm

Potluck: The variety of dishes was again amazing and delicious.

Farm Tour: Charles led the tour through the orchard and around the property. This is a follow up to see the progress of trees planted years ago and new trees and plants started since then. Charles and Wilma have also done a lot of work on the historic buildings that were open for viewing. MNFGA is grateful to Charles and Wilma for hosting.

MNFGA Fall Meeting 2019

October 5, 2019: 7891 Wiggins Road, Howell, MI 48855: Tom & Kathleen Wilmoth Farm, noon start with the potluck. Short business meeting and then tour of the many, unique growing techniques Tom and Kathleen are using. If you are able to attend, please plan to bring a dish to pass for the potluck, a chair for lunch and your own table service.

2020 and Beyond

Farm Tours: If you would like to offer your farm/orchard or nursery as a possible location for MNFGA to tour in the future, please contact Dennis Strahle or send an email to  MNFGA reimburses expenses incurred to support a tour/visit.

Also, if you have an interesting topic for presentation at the 2020 or beyond spring meeting (typically held at MSU campus), please contact a Board Member or send an email to Thanks!