Winter meetings, including Vermont Apple Growers’ Meeting Feb 18

Happy New Year:

Despite the inconvenience to our schedules and activities from necessary social distancing; the physical and mental health toll taken by our friends and neighbors during this pandemic; and the recent turmoil that threatened the core institutions of our government, I am hopeful and planning for a productive 2021 season. To that end, I’d like to remind you of the 2021 New England Winter Fruit Seminar Series (more information at:

I am also happy to invite you to the UVM Fruit Program and Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association 125th Annual meeting, to be held February 18, 12:00 – 2:00 PM. To register. Please go to: The meeting will be held on Zoom (at the link just provided) and is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. That said, this meeting has always been a collaboration of the UVM Fruit Program and the VTFGA. Since I’ve been involved pretty closely with both, as head of the former now and past president of the latter for five years, it’s not always clear that the two are different and have separate goals and charges. The work of the UVM Fruit Program is available publicly to fruit growers in Vermont and beyond, anyone can attend this meeting through the link provided. The VTFGA is an industry support organization, and provides marketing, networking, and technical support services to members. Please find the VTFGA materials in the attached materials. VTFGA is supported by its members, and membership information may be found at:

I look forward to seeing you on February 18, or at any of the other meetings we’re collaborating on with the other New England universities this winter.