Organic Fruit Growers Asso Field Day

Organic Fruit Growers Association Summer Field Day:  Implementing Management Systems for Diversified Fruit at Blue Fruit Farm, Winona MN, Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$20 for OFGA members, $30 for non-members. Includes lunch from Blue Heron Coffeehouse. Registration preferred.

Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford will lead us on a tour of Blue Fruit Farm. The field day will focus on their unusual fruits, including 5 varieties of black currants, 8 varieties of honeyberries, 5 types of plums, and numerous blueberry varieties. We’ll discuss the farm’s rainwater collection; solar-powered irrigation system; deer fencing; and bird netting. Attendees will also get a chance to taste some jams, jellies and juices made from the farm’s fruits.

After lunch Jim Riddle, BFF co-owner and chair of the Organic Farmers Association steering committee, will lead a conversation about national organic policy issues. Kaitlyn O’Conner, education and outreach coordinator for nearby Prairie Moon Nursery, will talk about how fruit growers can incorporate native plants in their operations to provide food and habitat for pollinators and other beneficial organisms.

Attendees are encouraged to bring products, such as jams and jellies, baked goods, books, merchandise and goods from their farms, to donate for a sale to benefit the Organic Fruit Growers Association (OFGA).

More on the OFGA at our website, www.organicfruitgrowers.org

To pre-register, contact Rachel Henderson, OFGA Coordinator, at henderson.r@gmail.com.

Located in beautiful southeastern Minnesota, Blue Fruit Farm maintains 5 acres of certified organic blueberries, elderberries, aronia berries, black currants, plums, honeyberries, and juneberries. Since beginning planting in 2009, Jim and Joyce have explored many different fruits, trialing species and varieties. Blue Fruit Farm overlooks the stunning microclimate known as Wiscoy Valley, surrounded by forest and prairie, allowing the plants to benefit from the bountiful population of busy native pollinators. For more information, visit www.bluefruitfarm.com