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Events

We update this list of upcoming events in the beginning of each month. Last update: January 5, 2020

Upcoming OFGA events

We will be at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, WI, February 27-29, 2020!

See below for our members who are leading workshops, universities, and the exact time and location of our usual apple and pear grafting workshop, with our annual member meeting to follow right after. This conference is a great place to learn and connect with other organic fruit growers, we hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 27, all day

OFGA board member Rami Aburomia from Atoms to Apples and Peter Werts from the IPM Institute of North America will present the Organic University Class Strategies for Successful Organic Tree-Fruit Production in Midwest. They will talk about how to raise organic tree fruit in the Midwest where growers must manage more insects, diseases, and weeds than in arid regions. You will learn about timely management and gain a clear understanding of the pest complex of tree fruit, both essential to the success of small and midsize orchards.

Friday, February 28, 8:30 am

OFGA member Annie Klodd and Natalie Hoidal, both from the University of Minnesota Extension will hold a workshop about Vegetable and Fruit Challenges in a Changing Climate.

Friday, February 28, 10:30 am

David Sliwa (Plum Ridge), long-time OFGA member and supporter of the association, will teach you how to grow Perfect Pears for the Upper Midwest. He will bring scion wood to the workshop that you can graft later that day yourself at the OFGA grafting workshop!

Friday, February 28, 3:30 pm

If you would like to learn more about how to Care for Perennial Fruits on Your Farm or Homestead, take advantage of this workshop by Rami Aburomia (Atoms to Apples, OFGA board member) and Peter Werts (IPM Institute of North America).

Friday, February 28, 6:00-8:00 pm

We will hold our usual OFGA Grafting Workshop and Scion Wood Exchange on Friday night again in Room B of the conference center. We will have both apple and pear rootstock for participants to graft, and you can get two rootstock for free when you join OFGA at this event!

Friday, February 28, 8:00-9:00 pm

The OFGA annual meeting will start immediately after the grafting workshop. We hope to see you all there, we will be discussing new projects, avenues in helping you grow and sell organic fruit.

 

Saturday, February 29, 8:30 am

 

In this workshop by Brooke Knisley (Alternative Roots Farm, OFGA member and board supporter) and Bill Warner (Snug Haven Farm), you can learn about Mid-Winter Vegetable Production, a great addition to those growing fruits during the rest of the year.

Saturday, February 29, 10:30 am

Annie Klodd (University of Minnesota Extension, OFGA member) and Andy Petran from the Twin Cities Berry Company will show you Organic Options to Manage SWD in this workshop about spotted wing drosophila.

Upcoming Events

We know that you can't possibly make it to all events that could provide new information, teach you new skills, or prove valuable otherwise in your fruit-growing journey. That's why we have collected here event recaps, impressions of other growers, some of the presented information. Check these out, and be inspired to join us next time!

Past Events

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