It’s been too long since we have gotten together as friends and as an industry to catch up and share knowledge to ensure the sustainability of Vermont apples.
The 127th annual VTFGA conference is less than three weeks away. We’ll be meeting in person at the American Legion in Middlebury on Friday, February 17th. If you plan on attending it would help with our planning if you registered soon. Register online (https://2023-vermont-tree-fruit-growers-association.cheddarup.com/) or use the paper form attached to this email. Walk in registration is an option but not preferred.
Attending the meeting qualifies attendees for 3 VT pesticide credits.
Your membership to VTFGA includes an annual membership and listing to DIG IN VERMONT (https://diginvt.com/), a $50 value. Also included in a VTFGA membership is a listing on the Vermont Apples webpage (www.vermontapples.org). Your dues also help pay for fall marketing campaigns.
This year’s program includes a broad range of material that is relevant to all levels, scales, and types of farms: intensive Integrated Pest Management series by Terry Bradshaw, UVM, Jaime Pinero, UMASS, and Srdjan Acimovic, Virginia Tech; updates on pesticide programs by new Steve Dwinell, Director of Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management Division at Vermont Agency of Agriculture; changes and opportunities to weigh in on apple crop insurance program by Colleen Kisselburgh; a review of liability considerations for pick-your-own farms by Stuart Farnham; and a review of licensing considerations for farm kitchens and other processors.
Jim Bove, VTFGA President
Terry Bradshaw, UVM Fruit Program
2023 127th Meeting Agenda.pdf
VTFGA 2023 Meeting Registration Form.pdf