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.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
MNFGA Spring 2019 Meeting & Scion Exchange
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 am (business meeting), 11:00 lunch and scion exchange
Where: MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824 (Room – 138 in the Chemistry Building, 578 S. Shaw Lane), parking structure across the street to the north and kitty corner to the northwest in the open lot west of the planetarium)
Speakers: Chris Wright: growing edible mushrooms, starts at 12:30
Suede Mobley: hunting wild, edible mushrooms, starts at 2:15
Who: anyone interested in learning more about mushrooms and minor fruits and nuts that grow in Michigan. Guests always welcome.
Auction: fund raiser, please bring an item to auction, 1:30 pm
Lunch: NO POTLUCK…sorry. Please bring your own or plan to go out. Shaw Hall’s Vista Dining Room is 1-block north and has a large smorgasbord of foods. We will do the scion exchange during the lunch period.
Scions: Members and guests can bring and take home a variety of scions for grafting. Scions can be collected from non-patented trees January to March, labeled, stored in the refrigerator and then brought to the meeting. We will NOT have grafting demonstrations at this meeting. See information about the Grafting Class below. Due to Asian Chestnut Gall Wasp presence in Michigan, PLEASE do NOT bring any chestnut scions or trees to the meeting.
MNFGA 2019 Grafting Class
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 am to about 3:00 pm with a potluck lunch in the middle (please bring 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 will be several other experienced grafters for individual instruction at the class.
Cost: $10 donation to cover rootstocks and supplies. Please bring a dish-to-pass for the potluck lunch and your own table ware
Why: Grafting is a great, simple method to clone favorite fruits and nuts
How: All materials and instructions will be supplied. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dennis at 517 204 8600. Bring your own grafting knife if you already have one, or come and find out which style might be best for you. Every student will go home with at least one apple or pear tree they have grafted.
MNFGA Summer Meeting 2019
July 13, 2019: Portland, MI – starting with noon potluck at the Charles Leik Farm, 9339 S. Keefer Highway, Portland, MI 48875. Short business meeting, fundraising auction and then a tour of the historic property and tree plantings (new and old).
MNFGA Fall Meeting 2019
October 5, 2019: Howell, MI: Tom & Kathleen Wilmoth Farm, Saturday, October 5, 2019, noon start with the potluck. Short business meeting, fundraising auction and then tour of the many growing techniques Tom and Kathleen are using.
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. MNFGA reimburses expenses incurred to support a tour/visit.