Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

NOTES FROM RECENT MEETINGS 1994

February 9, 1994

 

 

Our January Meeting featured Susan Adams, who showed a video on her efforts to promote a wild blueberry industry near Aniak in southwestern Alaska. The project was funded by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. Susan brought in a blueberry specialist from the University of Maine, David Yarborough, as a consultant. Yarborough has published a number pamphlets on all aspects of low-bush blueberry cultivation which he can provide (for $5, if I recall) if you contact him at Deering Hall, Rm. 114, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469). In February, in addition to our regular meeting, the Cooperative Extension Service organized a statewide teleconference on fruit growing in Alaska. Participants from Fairbanks, Palmer, Juneau, Anchorage, and several other smaller communities kept up a lively discussion for two hours. In March, our planned speaker could not make it, so instead we showed two videos: one by Ed Fackler on apple grafting, and a second by Oregon State Univ. on growing apples in the home orchard. In April, our annual grafting workshop was held at Dimond Greenhouses. The workshop was well attended and it was clear that a growing number of people are planting large (for Alaska, at least) blocks of apple trees. Many local apple growers brought bundles of scionwood from their own trees, and Clair Lammers provided a huge box of surplus scionwood, mostly of extremely rare numbered varieties. Burt Gore and Dana Olsen are going to try quite a few of them.