[Ok-sus] Fwd: NAFEX Conference 2013 Official Program​

UNSCHOOLER@LREC.ORG unschooler at lrec.org
Thu Jul 18 19:04:31 UTC 2013


This is in North Carolina, but there's really nothing like being offered it anywhere else.  It's the conference for the North American Fruit Explorers.  Non-members may attend, or you may buy a membership before or at the conference.  Alan and I went to one in Indiana a couple years ago that was really fabulous.  This is a different format than the one we attended, but it looks like some interesting ideas. There is a LOT of knowledge and experience in the room at any given time!  The year we went, the tours were amazing!!!  Hopefully, these will be, too.  

-- Leslie Moyer
unschooler at lrec.org
www.ShadyGroveNaturalFarm.com



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> From: Kate Barnwell <barnwellart at gmail.com>
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>  Date: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM
> Subject: NAFEX Conference 2013 Official Program
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> Official Program for the 2013 Nafex Gathering in Asheville, NC
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> This bulletin includes-
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> Schedule
> Program topic proposals 
> Poll: 10 plus things that the young people coming to the meeting want to learn about
> Food menu
> Lodging update
> Field trip details
> Day Rates
> 8 essential things to pack for the conference (including a word about the Auction, show and tell, vendor’s alley, and fire circles.)
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> So to start, there has been a lot of question/ confusion/ and frustration as to the lack of prearranged talks in the schedule. This openness creates a vacuum so all people will feel a desire as well as a need, to contribute to the meeting rather than just the guy running it. I received feedback that this tact is too abrupt a change for some. So in a spirit of compromise I have cultivated a few individuals to offer proposals for presentations. Mind you, there will still be room for many exciting topics that are on people’s minds to be shared!
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> Schedule-
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> Thursday August 8th
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> 12:00 Campground open
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>  5:00-7:00 check in at Highland lake lodge
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> 7:00 finger food offered and show and tell (If you want to donate produce that you’ve grown for the meals or snacks please contact Chef Mark at: italmon at hotmail.com)
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> Friday August 9th 
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> 9:00- 10:30 open space organizational meeting
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> 10:30- 12:00 Break out session
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> 12:30- 1:30 Lunch 
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> 2:00- 3:30 Breakout session
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> 4:00- 5:30 Breakout session
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> 6:00- 7:00 Dinner
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> 7:30 Auction
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> Afterwards- Fire Circle; homemade cider/ mead/ wine tasting
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> Saturday August 9th
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> 9:00- 10:30 Breakout session
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> 10:30- 12:00 Breakout session
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> 12:30- 1:30 Lunch
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> 2:00- 3:30 Breakout or plenary session TBA
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> 4:00-5:30 Breakout or plenary session TBA
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> 6:00- 7:00 Dinner
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> 7:30 Auction
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> Afterwards-Fire circle; community drum circle
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> Sunday August 11th
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> Clean up site and leave for field trips
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> 11:00-12:00 Field trip- Rendezvous at Edible Park in downtown Asheville 
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> 12:30- Picnic and tour at Goodheart’s urban permaculture paradise garden in East Asheville
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> Program Proposals-
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> Clifford England of England’s Bizarre Plant Bazaar and nursery will be showing us some basic grafting techniques for the new members, as well as, some of the more advanced grafts he does for nut trees. He has also alluded to revealing some of the old secret family grafts his grandfather innovated, previously held  at “highly classified” status.
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> Bob Purvis is coming all the way from Idaho to share with us several topics he feels would be a contribution to fellow members. One is “kinder and gentler chemicals in the orchard” and “Poultry in the orchard”. He is the apricot group chair and will be sharing how apricots have been fairing in that group’s trials out east, he has been a pioneer as a fruit seller in the local farm market revival, and will  be sharing successes and failures he has had over the years. (ed. note- I know Bob and I will be having heated discussions about refrigeration over lunch.
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> Ron Powell President of the N. American Paw Paw Growers Assoc. will be sharing with us a talk titled “Making the most of what you got- growing natives on marginal land”.
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> Stan (McCitrusman) McKenzie is coming up from South Kakalaky and sharing his work on the leading edge of hardy citrus innovation.
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> Chuck Marsh of Useful Plants Nursery, old guard Permaculturalist, and all around rascal, will be proposing a talk on growing common and uncommon berries for nutritional benefits.
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> Ed Fackler  is rumored to be hosting a poker table for beginners, with most of the profits going to pay for the helicopter to abduct Tom Burford from his Saturday night haunts so we can  get him to the Friday night cider tasting on time.
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> I would like to reiterate that  we are anticipating enough topics will be proposed to run at least 3 concurrent breakout groups throughout the 2 days including lunch table sessions. Which means you don’t have to sit through something that you have absolutely no interest in?
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> Young person’s poll-
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> I asked some of the younger people coming to the meeting what they want to share and learn from other experienced members. (Believe it or not young people under 35 years old actually out number the older people at this point in registration.) Presently, registration is five times the number of participants   at last year’s conference! This marks the highest net percentage increase of any successive conferences in Nafex’s history! Plan on some of these questions, and many more being proposed during the Open Space organizing meeting at the beginning of the conference. 
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> And the 10 most popular questions were….
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> Sheep and other grazers in the orchard (this will most likely be combined with Bob Purvis’s “poultry in the orchard” (ed. note Can you start to see how this is going to work?)
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> Gorilla planting on public land – It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask for persimmon…I mean permission.... 
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>  To an older guy- what advice did you hear when you were starting out that has stood the test of time and you want to pass on?
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> Small scale fruit breeding - techniques for trying a lot of varieties in a small space
> Farm Made Potting soil - start to finish, with a focus on locally available Non-fossil inputs.
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> Economy of the lazy - a discussion of cultivars and species which provide the best fruits for the least effort.
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> How about squirrel proofing, if there is such a thing outside of a .22 (us city dwellers are sorta stuck).
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> Grafting across genera i.e. Citrus on Poncira, Apples on Photinia
> Wild/feral/urban fruit foraging (ethics i.e. sharing the resource and mapping)
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> Che in general. Are Che dieceous or monecous (and how do you spell those?)
> Maximizing habitat diversity in an orchard- and by this I mean how best to grow plants, animals, mushrooms, etc in concert.
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> More importantly: where is nafex going and how are we going to pull together all the generations (newbies and elders) to make the club better than ever?
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> Irrigation!
> Guerrilla grafting- will there be any incompatability problems grafting a chimpanzee onto an orangutan?
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> Questions about climate change and fruits...with some areas getting colder/hotter/wetter/floodier, what ideas to care for the trees that are in the ground? How to prepare for loss of trees? Thinking of ways to increase genetic diversity to give trees adaptation advantage
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> Nutrition and trees...having information on the biggest punches you get in vitamins/nutrients/fats from different types of trees, medicines and other uses
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> How to best catapult children into trees with a high first scaffold
> Growing trees underground (ed. Note is that about gorilla planting or maybe roots?)
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> Simple tricks for growing trees, especially if you are Johnny Appleseed and dirt poor running around with a burlap sack as knickers.
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> I'd like someone to go over what their tool belt looks like over the season, maybe they make their own grafting wax and have that in the spring, maybe they use something other than masking tape b/c whatever, they got stock in coopoo tape.... and a bit to talk about favorite tools, perhaps there are old tools out there no longer made people could look for at estate sales, or make themselves...
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> discussion on favorite books for continuing education, especially if folks attending wrote them. (ed. Note- if you care about the existence of the Nafex library, this conference will probably be your last chance to voice said concerns. Please write me a letter and I will share it with the board.)
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> Possible crosses for fruit trees
> economic viability of obscure fruits in general - are there places where markets for these fruits are growing? what's the economic outlook for farming with fruits like persimmon, pawpaw, etc.
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> The future of jujubes = in my mouth :)
> The NAFEX handshake.  I just think we should have a secret handshake.
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> Do I climb the tree to pick the fruit...or do I just shake the @%&* out it?
> growing grapes from seed and other notoriously difficult to germinate fruits, esp. interested in low-tech methods, creating water retention landscapes, grow your own rootstocks through stooling, appropriate tech. for hulling and cracking nuts, grafting stone fruits, breeding for disease resistance, orchard floor management, the history of NAFEX and looking forward…
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> ...and finally- “I would like to hear stories from the elders about their fruit explorations”
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> To numerous to list, this represents about 1/10th  of the suggestions sent to me from some of the young people who are anxiously waiting for the conference. Do you have any interest in these discussions?.. something to contribute?... Clearly, the lack of prearranged talks by experts is not going to hinder the amount we are going to learn, the amount of fun, or the new friends we are going to make at this upcoming event.
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> Food Menu:
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> As promised the food at the conference will not be industrial cafeteria food as per usual, but food cooked on site made from healthy local organic food that supports farmers in our community. Rumor has it that we only had enough money for rice and beans, but oh contraire, as our resourceful chef Mark, has put together a feast for us of good traditional southern fare including meat. There will be meatless plates for those of that persuasion. All this for 25.00/ day. The heck with talks- let’s just eat!
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> Friday lunch
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> `Classic Picnic`
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> Cold Cut Sandwiches on Artisinal Bread with Condiments
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> 		All Natural Antibiotic Free Ham, Turkey, Hummus
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> 	Chips
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> 	Carrot Slaw
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> 	Green Salad 
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> Honey Mustard, Rosemary Ranch and Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings
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> 	Fresh Fruit, Assortment of Cookies
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> 	Herbal Tea
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> Friday Dinner
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> `Down South`
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> 	BBQ Pork or Tofu, 
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> Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob
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> Mixed Fruit Cobbler Cake
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> 	Green Salad 
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> Honey Mustard, Rosemary Ranch and Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings
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> 	Lemonade, Herbal Tea
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> Saturday lunch
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> `Mediteranean`
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> 	Parmesan Pecan Pesto Pasta
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> 	Quinoa Sundried Tomato Tabouleh
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> 	Hummus and Pita
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> 	Green Salad 
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> Honey Mustard, Rosemary Ranch and Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings
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> 	Bliss Bites
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> 	Herbal Tea
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> Saturday dinner
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> `Tex Mex`
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> 	Hickory Nut Gap Beef Chili or Three bean Chili
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> 	Cumin Coriander Rice
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> 	Cornbread
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> 	Green Salad 
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> Honey Mustard, Rosemary Ranch and Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings
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> 	Tres Leches Cake
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> 	Herbal Tea, Cinnamon Horchata
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> Food deadline- July 30 It is necessary to reserve a meal ticket as Mark will be ordering food from farmers ahead of time. He will also be accepting food grow by our participants. He is especially excited about concocting dishes with fruit we bring. So have fruit you are growing be showcased in one of the conferences dishes! (Contact mark at: italmon at hotmail.com)
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> Lodging and directions-  
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> Group rate deadline at the hotel July 30. If you plan on staying at the hotel you can capitalize on our group discount up to July 30. After that you will have to pay their usual full price. Camping is still available for 20.00/ weekend and we will be running composting toilet system as well as the regular amenities that will be available. Contact our registrar Karen at: earthstarnc at earthlink.net
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> GPS address: 215 Rhett Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731
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> From I-26, take exit 53, Upward Road.  At the end of the ramp, turn towards Flat Rock.  Continue 1.5 miles to Highland Lake Drive.  Turn left.  Continue up the hill and turn right on Rhett Drive.  Watch for our signs!
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> It takes about 25 minutes from Asheville and about 50 minutes from Greenville. 
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> Field Trips-
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> The Edible Park and picnic at Goodheart’s garden- will be the itinerary for our field trips. So on Sunday morning at 11:00 we will be meeting up in downtown Asheville to visit one America’s first public edible parks. A New York Times travel writer recently declared it the first place to go if you visit Asheville. 15 years old, and a model of what fruit trees in a forest garden in public places can be. One of five parks the Buncombe fruit club manages, the edible park hosts at least 40 different varieties of fruit from Apples, Blueberries, and Cherries to Zizyphus. We have kiwis, paw paws, persimmons, plums, elderberries, aronia, goumis, dwarf mulberries… Come see how they are doing in a public place tended only by the public with no government assistance. Find out what it has meant to the young people of our community, and how it has become a rallying point of inspiration for them to get involved with fruit. Professor T. Bud Barkslip, having been steward of the park for many years, will be leading the provocative tour.  
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> Afterwards we head to Andrew Goodheart’s urban permaculture paradise of fruit and flowers. We will have a picnic of leftovers from the conference and get a tour of his gardens. (note: Because of austerity measures (we are pulling this conference off at zero cost to Nafex) we have not arranged bus travel so plan on taking your car or carpooling. There is excellent parking at both tour sites. Money we saved from not hiring a bus, as well as, all other money raised from this conference goes to Nafex.)
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> Day Rates-
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> Day visitors will be welcome. Their rate will be 25.00 at the door. 10.00 if they renew or sign up as new members.
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> Checklist of 10 Essential things to pack for the conference-
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> Toothbrush
> A spirit of generosity with an inquisitive and open mind.
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> Subjects or questions pertaining to fruit you are excited about or think other members would be also.
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> Pictures of your work, orchard, techniques, fruit that we can post on our central bulletin board for participants to peruse during the conference.
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> Samples of fruit you are growing and the stories behind them. Extra produce for our meals.
> Promotional material for your nursery, product, or organization related to fruit for the Vendor’s Alley.
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> Something useful, or no longer of use, that someone might find useful as a donation for the auction Saturday night.  This, of course, is a fund raiser for the club.
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> Something fun, whimsical, innovative, inspiring to share for Friday night’s show and tell.
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> Homemade cider, mead, wine, musical instruments… for the evening fire circles. Fermented foods for the meals.
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> Mostly, important don’t forget #2 on the checklist, it’s your passport.
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> If all of us can manage to pack at least 5 of the above items it will be an amazing conference.
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> You make Nafex what it is,
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> Bill Whipple
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> Buncombe Fruit Nut club
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> Hosts of the 2013 Nafex annual meeting
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> Kate Barnwell
> Bricolage Farm
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> www.bricolagefarm.wordpress.com
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