Monday, January 23, 2012

Elderberry Swap, Potluck and Tree Care Skill Share

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the First Fruit and Nut Club event of the year!  We will be meeting at the Montford Rec Center on Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 a.m.  Come prepared to learn the ins and outs of caring for fruit and nut trees this time of year.  Bring a sack lunch, gloves, pruners, a pitchfork, shovel and wheelbarrow if you have them.  If you can make it please RSVP to Tom Knaust at  

There will be an after event Potluck dinner at my house at 15 Conestee Place starting at 6:30 P.M.  At the potluck we will be doing an Elderberry Stake Swap.  The idea is that we will all bring different varieties of elderberry and swap them.  Then go home and drive them into the ground where they will root and grow, increasing the diversity of elderberries in the places we live.  To harvest "stakes" simply cut 18inch or longer sections of elderberry.  Be sure to make an angled cut on the "bottom" of the cutting so we know which end to drive into the ground.  I hope to see you all on Saturday!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Meeting Minutes 1/18/12

Fruit Nutz, 
We had a great meeting on the 18th with 27 attendees.  We collected the 
$10.00 membership fee for 2012 and had 18 people sign up, generating 
$180.00 for projects and materials.  We touched on our accomplishments 
of 2011 and moved right into projects and events for 2012, setting 
dates for three upcoming events.  After a short break we raffled off 
door prizes of strawberry and raspberry plants, honey, seeds, homemade 
almond milk and the infamous maidens medicinal elderberry syrup.  We 
were then graced with two short presentations; one on the wonders of 
elderberry's and another describing the front-end-fluff.  Overall it 
was a very productive and promising sap rising meeting. 

The events that we put on the calendar are:
1. North Asheville Tree Care Skill Share Saturday, January, 28th
2. Stephens Lee Pruning day and Scion Swap Saturday, February 4th
3. West Asheville Park Primping Saturday, February 25th 

So mark your calendars and get ready for a good time!  More Details on
the these events to come. 

If you would like to become a member of the Buncombe Fruit and Nut
Club (which is not mandatory, but will help pay for events, projects
and field trips)  please bring $10.00 check or cash to one of the
upcoming events.  If yo would like to be added to our mailing list to please 
e-mail Tom Knaust-