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NAFEX Conference in two weeks
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katmendeux
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November 3, 2021 - 3:26 pm

Hi,

Looks like the NAFEX conference is coming up in a couple weeks, and it's on Zoom this year. They're doing two sessions a day from Nov 15 - 20. The schedule is posted here: NAFEX Conference. 

The names of a couple of the presenters are familiar. Joanie Cooper is on Monday at 4:30. Dan Bussy (The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada) is on the schedule for Friday pm. I may have to tune in both, and don't want to miss a zoom with "adult beverages optional." It's on Thursday.

Any of you active in NAFEX? Anybody thinking of zooming the conference?

katmendeux

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John S
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November 5, 2021 - 9:42 am

Looks like a good lineup.  The membership is reasonably priced.  I just have all the things that I want to do when I finally get the time, and it seems that I never really finally get the time.
John S
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Reinettes
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November 10, 2021 - 5:20 pm

I hear you, John.  There never seems to be enough time for all the things that you want to do.

In an earlier life, I was a member of NAFEX for quite a number of years.  I always enjoyed the articles from both amateurs and professionals, although at times an amateur would have an article that showed profound ignorance of the subject matter.  On the other hand, I can remember an article by a presumably amateur author about how she would ride her bicycle around her local neighborhoods in her fruit exploring, and it was such a beautifully written piece that I felt like I was right there next to her on my own bike.  

I probably haven't been a member of NAFEX for a couple of decades now, but I still carry the underlying sense of exploration and discovery.  Five days ago, on the way back from a couple of errands, I stopped to collect a couple of apples from a relictual portion of an orchard about 3/4ths mile away that was largely annihilated when a power transmission line with a very broad right-of-way was put through (-1940's?).  This patch of ancient apples has always intrigued me.  There may be other varieties represented there, but the 2 apples that I collected appear to be 'Ben Davis', an apple from the 1800's that was once very popular and widely grown.  However, I can't be certain; I don't have all the appropriate references for confirmation.  That's where the true experts come into play.

Back to the matter at hand:  the NAFEX conference on Zoom sounds like it will be GREAT!  I would love to see and hear both Joanie Cooper and Dan Bussy giving presentations.  Regrettably, I have found in recent times that our Apple computer will not download "Zoom" if it has not been downloaded from the Apple Store and -- guess what-- it is not available from the Apple Store!

...Such are my countless frustrations with the modern computer age!  I'm goin' back out to the woods!  [Uh, faithful dog at my side, of course!] Smile

Reinettes (Tim).

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