Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

April 6, 2017

Anchorage Apple Grafting Workshop — April 15th

APFGA’s annual apple grafting workshop will be held April 15th at Dimond Greenhouse from 1pm-3pm.

The event is free, but you must buy the rootstock you’ll graft onto. Rootstock will cost $3.

APFGA members will be there to demonstrate or assist you with grafting your own apple tree(s)!

Consider bringing the following items:

  • A plastic ziploc with a moist paper towel inside if you choose to bring your scion wood home instead of grafting at the event.
  • A marker and masking tape to label your scion wood varieties.
  • A grocery or garbage bag to transport your newly grafted tree(s) home.

(If you can’t bring these items, we’ll have a limited supply at the event)

 

Fairbanks Apple Grafting Workshops

There will be multiple apple grafting clinics in Fairbanks. Information on this event is below.

Time:

BEGINNER May 4 Thursday 6-9 p.m.

BEGINNER May 6 Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE For those with previous grafting experience. May 7 Sunday 10 a.m.–1 p.m

Location:

UAF Arctic Health Research Building, 901 S. Koyukuk Drive, Room 1W05. Free parking is available on the west side of the building. Enter building through west-facing doors.

Cost:

Beginner class is $30 for materials. Intermediate is $5/tree. PAY AT CLASS with cash or check (payable to Steve Masterman).

Registration:

Space is limited, so be sure to preregister online to ensure a spot in class: bit.ly/GraftingAppleTrees17

Questions:

Steve Masterman, 590-3797 or ssmasterman@hotmail.com

February 3, 2017

Location for the February meeting will be in Chugiak (at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church)

This month’s meeting (February) will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chugiak on February 9th from 6:30-8:45pm. The church is located at 18444 Old Glenn Hwy. Enter through the main doors and you’ll see the meeting room on your left.

January 7, 2017

The January 12 meeting of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association will be held at 6:30 PM at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage

At this meeting, we will be voting on some amendments to the Bylaws of the Club.  The proposed changes were sent to you with the December meeting announcement emailed on 12/01/16;  another copy was emailed last week.  The second major part of our meeting agenda will be a presentation of some fruit tree pruning videos courtesy of Dan Elliott.  We will be also giving you updates on progress of Club committees and other business.

January 5, 2017

2017 Meeting Schedule

General meetings are suspended from March through October. During this time APFGA has tours, workshops, and other such events. Should any business come up that requires a meeting, the membership will be notified as per the Bylaws.

Please note, dates and times subject to change.

2017 Schedule of Meetings and Tours
Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association
Note: General meetings will be suspended from April through September. There will be tours etc. only during these months. Should any business come up the membership will be notified per the Bylaws. Dates and times subject to change. TBA (to be announced).  Attendance at summer fruit tours is limited to paid-up Club members.
Date Time Day Location Name Address Topic (s)
1/12/2017 6:30 PM Thursday BP Energy Center ANC Bd Mtg;  Bylaws Changes; Pruning videos
2/9/2017 6:30 PM Thursday Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Chugiak TBA
3/9/2017 6:30 PM Thursday BP Energy Center ANC Commercial cider pressing & hard cider making
3/18/2017* 1:00 PM Saturday Boyer Greenhouse South ANC Pruning Demo
4/15/2017 10 AM Setup;

1:00 PM Public

Saturday Dimond Greenhouses 1050 W. Dimond Blvd Grafting Workshop
5/6/2017* 2:00 PM Saturday David/Diana Evans mid-town ANC Topping/Topworking Apple Tree
Other ANC locations ? Topworking
6/03/2017* 1:00 PM Saturday Tami Schlies

Barb Henjum

Chugiak

Peters Creek

Summer blossoms tour
7/15/2017* 1:00 PM Saturday Plant Materials Center

Terry Thisius

Llona Farr

Butte/Palmer Summer fruit tour
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 8/05/2017*  1:00 PM  Saturday  Fred/Dawn Deiser

Margie Campbell

Don/Sherry Shiesl

Wasilla  Summer Fruit Tour
8/17/2017* 6:30 PM Thursday Gary Masog Old Harbor St ANC Summer fruit tour
Ira Edwards  Mid-town Anc ”  “
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9/14/2017* 6:30 PM Thursday ANC? ? Early apple tasting
10/12/2017* 6:30 PM Thursday PMC, Butte ? Late apple tasting
11/9/2017 6:30 PM Thursday BPEC Annual meeting and elections
12/14/2017 6:30 PM Thursday BPEC TBA

 * = only open to club members

December 2, 2016

Last Meeting of 2016 – Day Changed to Tuesday December 6th @ BP Energy Center

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – New meeting day (due to meeting room not being available at normal time this December)

BP Energy Center, 6:30-8:45PM (in Anchorage)

Program: Sharing the Knowledge

Come learn from others and share your fruit growing experiences. This has always been a fun and informative discussion.

·         What worked and what did not.

·         What are your favorite varieties and why?

·         What are you going to try differently next year?

·         How did you process your fruit?  (make cider, jams, pies, drying, wine, etc.)

·         Favorite recipes or techniques? (samples and treats always welcomed, too)

Some of you may not be able to attend this informative meeting, but I am sure you have something to share.  Writing it all down and sending it in (to me) to put in our newsletter would be a great contribution. (It does not have to be a fancy written piece, just the facts (and readable) will work.) Sending recipes and (especially time saving) techniques would also be wonderful.

November 13, 2016

Congratulations to our 2017 board members.

The newly elected 2017 Board of Directors is:

President, Doug Ott
Vice President, Terry Thisius
Secretary, Ken Acton
“Assistant Secretary”, Susan Miller (back-up when Ken is traveling)
Treasurer – Debbie Hinchey
Mike Carr
Joe Scarso

 

 

February 12, 2016

A Huge Thank You to Shannon Kesting

Shannon has volunteered to take over as Newsletter Editor. Join us in saying Thank You to her!

February 11, 2016

Juliet Cherry

Juliet will be arriving Spring of 2016. Those on the list of pre-orders will be notified when and where to pick up. Order is closed for these.

Meeting and Activity Schedule for 2016

General meetings are suspended from March through October. During this time APFGA has tours, workshops, and other such events. Should any business come up that requires a meeting, the membership will be notified as per the Bylaws.

Please note, dates and times subject to change.

January 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm 

 
 The location will be the BP Energy Center, which is south of the BP main building and is located on the corner of Northern Lights and the New Seward. The Energy Center is accessed through BP parking lot one. Ask for the fruit growers meeting at the front desk; they will have the meeting room listed on the board.

 February 2016

Thursday, February  11, 2016 at 6:30pm

Skype with Dr. Bors, Univ. of Saskatchewan

The location will be the BP Energy Center, which is south of the BP main building and is located on the corner of Northern Lights and the New Seward. The Energy Center is accessed through BP parking lot one. Ask for the fruit growers meeting at the front desk; they will have the meeting room listed on the board.

March 2016

date and time to be determined

Members only. Directions will be sent to members

April 2016

Saturday, April 9 , 2016 1pm

Annual grafting workshop.

Open to the Public

The Annual grafting workshop is open to the public and will be located at Dimond Greenhouses at 1050 W. Dimond Blvd. in Anchorage.

 

May 2016

(Members Only)

date and time to be determined

 

June 2016

 (Members Only)

date and time to be determined 

 

July 2016

date and time to be determined

Most likely Plant Material Center, Apple rootstock trial Tour and update (Members Only)

directions and time will be sent to members 

 

August 2016

(Members Only)

date and time to be determined

 

September 2016

(Members Only)

date and time to be determined

 

October 2016

date and time to be determined

The location will be the BP Energy Center, which is south of the BP main building and is located on the corner of Northern Lights and the New Seward. The Energy Center is accessed through BP parking lot one. Ask for the fruit growers meeting at the front desk; they will have the meeting room listed on the board.

 

November 2016

Thursday, November 

Annual meeting and Elections. Anyone interested in serving on the Board please let us know and plan to attend the annual meeting.

The location will be the BP Energy Center, which is south of the BP main building and is located on the corner of Northern Lights and the New Seward. The Energy Center is accessed through BP parking lot one. Ask for the fruit growers meeting at the front desk; they will have the meeting room listed on the board.

 

December 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM at BP Energy Center (in Anchorage)

NOTE: Please note that the weekday has changed

The location will be the BP Energy Center, which is south of the BP main building and is located on the corner of Northern Lights and the New Seward.
The Energy Center is accessed through BP parking lot one.
Ask for the fruit growers meeting at the front desk; they will have the meeting room listed on the board.

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