While a lot of growers have their focus on the various regional horticulture expos and trade shows starting in December, there are quite a few interesting gatherings on the schedule in November.
Here are some highlights in chronological order:
• Agronomics: Vision for the Future runs from Nov. 7-11 in Indian Wells, California. The event, which is put on by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, focuses on how to do more with less. The early registration deadline has already passed, but more information is available at www.asfmra.org.
• The Northwest Cherry Research Review will be Nov. 9-10 at the convention center in Wenatchee, Washington. The review is free and pre-registration is not required. For more information and an agenda, go to www.treefruitresearch.com.
• The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and the Washington Wine Institute will host the Grape and Wine Issues Caucus on Nov. 9 at the convention center in Yakima, Washington. Admission is $50 for members of either group or $75 for nonmembers. The cost includes lunch and wine reception. For more information, go to wawgg.org.
• The Washington State Grape Society will hold its annual meeting and trade show Nov. 10-11 at the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, Washington. For more information, go to grapesociety.org.
• The Tilth Annual Conference runs from Nov. 11-13 in Wenatchee. The conference theme is “Change & Resiliency,” and the keynote speaker will be Michael Phillips, the author of “The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way.” More information is available at www.seattletilth.org/special_events.
• The Sustainable Ag Expo is scheduled for Nov. 14-16 in San Luis Obispo, California. Admission for the 2-day show is $250 until Nov. 11, when the price increases to $300. For more information, go to www.sustainableagexpo.org.
• The Next Generation Network will present a workshop called “How to Avoid Growing an $8 Box — From Tree to Market” on Nov. 17 at Warm Springs Inn, near Wenatchee. The session will start with a series of short presentations, followed by a discussion. The cost of the workshop and dinner is covered by the sponsorship of North Central Washington Fieldman’s Association. For more information, go to bit.ly/2ewDnlU.
• The Stone Fruit Research Review is set for Nov. 22 at Washington State University’s Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington. For more information, contact Kathy Coffey at email@example.com.
• Finishing up November will be the National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Portland, Oregon. It starts Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 2. For more information, go to 2016wisa.org.