– Re: Advice for new truffle farmers?
In Reply To
Welcome to NATGA. Our Annual Conference and Meeting is coming up - February 26-28, 2016. You should receive an updated copy of the notice within the next couple of days. The Notice is also accessible through the website. The Conference presents an excellent learning and networking opportunity.
In response to your inquiry, the best and quickest way to learn the dos and don'ts would be to come to the conference and talk to those who are actually "doing it - planting trees inoculated with the truffle spore and caring for them as we await an ultimate harvest." There is a special rate for members which covers the cost of putting the event together including getting experts in the field here (Marcos Morcillo is from Spain and has written extensively on the subject of truffles) to talk with us. The conference also involves a truffle dinner and a farm/orchard tour on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
We are very excited about this conference and its offerings. Hope you two can join us. I know there is a significant distance between our meeting site (Winston-Salem, NC) and California. We anticipate recording parts of the conference and then being in a position to share much of the discussion, lectures and demonstrations with members later. Also, as our organization grows, we must continue to explore the best avenues for keeping our members informed on a timely basis. This forum is one way of making that possible. As our members become more informed of the forum's attributes, and actually use it to communicate with each other, we will become one step closer to meeting our goals and fulfilling our mission.
Also, you are welcome to visit my farm/orchard to see what we are doing and learn what other grower members are doing in the field. Let me know if you have any questions.
Andy Cromer, President
Lisa and Ted: