SAMFA meeting 2010

  • On 16 and 17 February, the annual SAMFA conference was held at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion, Pretoria. Besides a congress, with speakers as Helen Grogan and Lize Korsten, a trade fair and a farm walk to Country Mushrooms were organised.

    Pictures were kindly send in by Gé Wijnands of Topterra Holland and Martmari van Greuning of Sylvan SA.

    Richardson, O'Rourke and Cairns. It's a tradition to bring the bottle of whisky you won last year, back to this year's conference. Now, James McLaren of Denny Deodar won the bottle, but he proposed to have it auctioned on the internet for a good cause, to be determined by Martmari. 

That was SAMFA 2010.
    Stuart Hendrei and Pam Brink (Denny Shongweni), James Cranke (Denny Phesantekraal) and Roddy Cairns (MD of JoJo tanks) enjoying a beer (ltr).
    Helen Grogan (TEAGASC, speaker at the conference), flanked by Mel O'Rourke (l) and Mel Meyer (Dig it Hort Services).
    The traditional 'Braai' at the Leriba Lodge had to be moved, because of a thunderstorm threat. From left to right: Baring Richardson (Meadow, part of Highveld), Jaco Swarts, Rudolf Lamprechts and Bertus van Heerden (growers at Country Mushrooms).
    Morris Gilbert and Dr Linda Meyer (Uni Pretroia) have a look at the assortment of mushroom produce at Country Mushrooms.
    Checking out the tunnels.
    Outside the tunnels. To the left Ross Richardson, chairman of SAMFA.
    Visiting the compost yard of Country Mushrooms.
    Morris Gilbert (Country) and Chris Richardson (Highveld) in a t
    O'Rourke at the compost yard.
    Wattlewood Farm has 27 growing rooms of 300 m2 each.
    Participants entering Wattlewood Farm, Country Mushrooms.
    Martmari getting dressed for the farm walk.
    Growers of Denny Mushrooms.
    Growers of Country Mushrooms.
    Visitors wait for the farm walk to start at Country Mushrooms. Mark Pitts and Pam Brink (Denny), Ross Richardson and Dr Linda Meyer of the University of Pretoria are some of them.
    Ron
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