Truffle Growers Conference Today
The North American Truffle Growers Association is meeting today in Winston-Salem, NC. Over sixty people are signed up for the conference. I am scheduled to give a talk on the resources we have in North Carolina to help this developing agricultural industry. Unfortunately, I am place bound with an injury, but the creative organizer, Jane Morgan Smith, has arranged for me to give my presentation via conference call. I am really looking forward to working with this group in the future. Truffles are not for everyone, and we have a lot to learn about how to grow them, where they will grow, and how profitable they can be. But, they are an exciting new crop to work with and I have seen enough in production to know they do present an opportunity for certain people.
If you are interested, I suggest you visit the North American Truffle Growers Association website at http://trufflegrowers.com/ and consider joining and attending their summer meeting.
On February 25-27, the second annual National Truffle Fest will be held in Asheville. This is a classy affair appropriate for foodies and growers. I attended last year and learned SO MUCH about truffle production and had one of the finest dinners in my entire life. Learn more about it at http://northamericantrufflefest.com/.
This spring we are establishing a truffle orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. This will be for demonstration and research purposes. It was to have been planted last fall, but since it would not quit raining, we could never get the soil in the right condition for planting. Considering the extremely cold temperatures we have had this winter, I am pleased that our little filbert trees are tucked safely away in an overwintering structure. The site is prepared and ready for a very early spring planting.
There will be another opportunity for you to learn about truffle growing this spring. Gavan Garland, of Garland Truffles, will be speaking on both Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, 2010 at the Organic Growers School, at the UNC-Asheville. Visit the OGS website for more information http://organicgrowersschool.org/.