The Quince Revival Swells–2014 Festival of Fruit

Here is A First Look at the 2014 Festival of Fruit

This year the California Rare Fruit Growers will be hosted jointly by the Home Orchard Society (HOS) and the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) Meeting 2014


Tuesday evening, August 5

Evening registration and welcome at Edgefield Inn
Evening NAFEX Board Meeting at Best Western

Wednesday, August 6
Full day of presentations at Edgefield Inn
Evening buffet  dinner with  guest speaker as yet unconfirmed and “Open
Mic”  session for short member presentations  (may change to daytime)

Thursday, August 7-Choice of Bus Tours
Oregon Columbia Gorge Tour
Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Geology; Bonneville Dam;
OSU Mid-Columbia Research Station, Columbia Organics Composting
Hazelnut Orchard & WineryTour
Banquet at Edgefield in evening

Friday, August 8-Choice of Bus Tours
Corvallis-Oregon State UniversityTour-OSU hazelnut breeding; lunch and tasting at 2-Townes Ciderhouse
USDA Fruit and Nut Genebank. Olive Farm and Winery Tour

Saturday, August 9-Various on-your-own options, including HOS

Arbo­retum Open House, One Green World Nursery, Portland area attractions

Sunday, August 10-Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) to meet in Corvallis)


Session: Northwest Fruit Industries
Steve Castagnoli, Oregon State University, Hood River-An overview of the fruit tree industry in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.
Sam Benowitz, Raintree Nursery, Morton,Washington-40 years in the mail-order fruit nursery business.
Pete Mulligan-Bull Run Cider, Forest Grove, Oregon-History and growth of hard cider in PNW.

Session: Fruits Around the World
Phil Forsline, USDAAgricultural Research Service, Geneva,Apple Curator (retired to Portland)-The REAL origin of the apple.
Jim Gilbert, One Green World Nursery, Molalla, Oregon-Exploring the
World for Unique and Unusual Fruits.
Ross Penhallegon, OSU Horticulture Extension, Eugene, Oregon-Bringing modern orchard techniques to Tajikistan
C. Todd Kennedy, CRFG, San Francisco-Seasonal Fruit Rant

Session: Year of the Quince
Barbara Ghazarian, Pacific Grove, California-The  Quince Revival Swells
Tremaine Arkley, Quince Futurist, Buena Vista, Oregon-Quince products from Membrillo to Liquor
Joseph Postman, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis-Old and
new Quince varieties for the Pacific Northwest

Confirmed Speaker for August 7 Banquet
Susan Dolan, National  Park Service, Seattle: Historic Orchards in our
National Parks

Potential Presenters at Edgefield on August 6
Amigo Cantisano,The Felix Gillet Institute, Nevada City, Calif.
Kim Hummer, USDAAgric. Research Service, Corvallis, Ore.-Fragaria cas­cadensis, a new strawberry species from Oregon’s Cascade mountains.

Chad Finn or Bernadine Strik, USDA and Oregon State Univ., Corvallis-The birth of a new berry.
Edgefield Inn cider maker or landscape manager
Dai Crisp, Lumos Vineyard and Winery, Philomath, Ore.-Organic grape and wine production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Roger Meyer, Nursery, Fountain Valley, Calif.-Jujubes, cultivation and uses

Presenters during Columbia Gorge tour on August 7
Marilyn Couture and son-Columbia Gorge Waterfall and Geology Tour
Todd Einhorn, Oregon State Univ., Hood River-Tree fruit rootstocks and training  systems
(JanetTurner, Steve Castagnoli alternates)
Cheryl Stewart, Columbia Gorge Organics-Tour of 5 acre  composting facility that supports the family operated orchards, juice with the best Kitchen Appliances Online and process­ ing operations.

Presenters during Willamette Valley tour on August 8
Shawn Mehlenbacher, Oregon State University, Corvallis-New, disease resistant hazelnut cultivars
Dave Takush, Owner and Cider Scientist, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Corvallis.
Joseph Postman, Kim Hummer, Nahla Bassil, Barbara Reed-USDA National Germplasm Repository, Corvallis
Mike Hessel of Red Hat Melons

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