2015 Nut Evaluation & Meeting - April 4th.

Praire City, IA - The Iowa Nut Growers Association (INGA) Annual Meeting & Auction will be held at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge located at 9981 Pacific St., Prairie City, IA 50228. Coffee and registration at 9:00 a.m. with the business meeting to begin at 9:30 a.m., program at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch and the annual auction of plant material, nuts, scion wood, vacation trip to Table Rock Lake and more.

Our program will feature Suzan Erem of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), Chris Rice of the Quad City Food Forest, and our very own Dell Lawrence showcasing his processing equipment. All are invited and encouraged to bring a covered dish, salad, or dessert to share for the potluck. Also, don't forget to bring your own plate and serviceware; coffee and drink wil be provided.

It is also a good idea to put aside some samples for the Iowa State Fair in August 2015.

Agenda for the April 4th annual meeting.

9:00 a.m. Registration, coffee, treats, etc

9:30 a.m. Business Meeting

  1. Suzan Erem - Executive Director, sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)
  2. Chris Rice - Quak City Food Forest
  3. Del Lawrence - Processing

12:00 - 1:00 Potluck Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 INGA Auction
2:00 - 2:30 Neal Smith Service Hours
Everyone help clean up.

For a .pdf version of the Agenda, click here.

INGA Annual Meeting and Auction

The INGA will be hosting their annual meeting and auction on Saturday, April 4th 2015 at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. We typically have this at the Newton Arboretum and they have been a great host over the years. However, for 2015, we will be at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge located just southwest of Prairie City, IA (30 min. east of Des Moines). They have a sink, and plenty of plug-ins for our potluck but NO fridge. We will have some coolers avaiable. More details in the next newsletter.

INGA Grafting Workshop May 2nd in Centerville

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 2nd in Centerville on the campus of Indian Hills Community College for a hands-on grafting workshop at the nut research planting. We'll be doing both field and bench grafting with seasoned insructors that will teach a range of different grafts and techniques. This will also be a great time to follow-up on the grafts made in 2013 and 2014, don't miss it!