AK Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

June 11, 2020

An Appreciation for Lee Calhoun, the Man who Saved Southern Apples

In the late 1970s, Creighton “Lee” Calhoun planted a couple of Red Delicious apple trees on his homestead in Pittsboro, North Carolina. When a neighbor suggested other traditional Southern varieties to add to his blossoming orchard and Calhoun couldn’t find them, he set out to discover where they’d gone. read more

May 3, 2020

Lost Apple Project on Science Friday

March 24, 2020

Pruning Workshop and Grafting Workshop Canceled

The Board of Directors have made the decision to cancel the upcoming Pruning Workshop scheduled for March 28, and the Grafting Workshop scheduled for April 18.
Those who placed bulk orders will be notified of when and where you may pick up your order.

February 26, 2020

February presentation now available

Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Associate Professor of Horticulture WSU NWREC – Mount Vernon, WA Feb 13, 2020 presentation.

January 21, 2020

January presentation video

Ilona Farr’s presentation “Preserving Techniques and Recipes for Our Harvests” is now available on the website on the research tab.

January 2, 2020

Renew your membership using your credit card

You can to renew your membership online with a credit card by clicking “Join”.  Scroll down the page and select your membership option to add it to the cart.  You will see the cart icon at the top right.  Simply click on that to complete your membership form and payment.

January Meeting

Thursday, January 9th at the BP Energy Building.  The festivities begin at 6:30 pm with some refreshments and the opportunity to socialize with your fellow fruit growers.  Any food or drink that you might wish to contribute to our hospitality table would be much appreciated.
At 7:00 pm we will have a short board meeting followed this month’s program.

Ilona Farr will be our presenter on “Preserving Techniques and Recipes for Our Harvest.”  Her presentation will be loaded with tips and techniques for preserving the fruit you grow.  She will discuss the pros and cons of processing your harvest, including resources and equipment. 

More importantly, she wants your involvement in a recipe exchange.  If you have a favorite recipe for using your fruit, bring a typed copy that we can post on the web-page or that people can take a photo of.  Of course, bringing a recipe is good. But if you can also bring a sample of the final product for people to taste, now that would be fantastic! 

November 17, 2019

December Meeting

Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm in the BP Energy Center.  Join us at 6:30 pm for some refreshments and the opportunity to socialize.  Any food or drink that you might wish to contribute to our hospitality table would be much appreciated.
Program: Annie Brownlee: Fruit Tree Physiology and Growth

October 6, 2019

November Meeting

Our first winter meeting is Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm at the BP Energy Center.  This is an important meeting that you should plan to attend.  This is our annual membership meeting where we present the president’s year-end review, the treasurer’s report, and we vote to fill openings on the board.  Usually, if time permits, everyone shares something they learned this past season.

October 3, 2019

2019 Tasting Results

Results are located on the research page in PDF and Excel format.