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Cider makers invited to meet with international expert

Nov 29th, 2012 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON –  Industry professionals in the hard cider business, or farm entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the opportunity for growing apples used by cideries, are invited to meet with international expert Peter Mitchell on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skagit Valley Gardens. Mitchell has 30 years of practical experience, a professional trainer, award-winning producer and cider competition judge. The program consists of two panels in the morning with local industry experts including Dr. Carol Miles, Drew Zimmerman and Gary Moulton. Cider makers, nursery owners, apple growers and prospective apple growers will be represented. The discussions are followed by lunch and a cider sensory tasting event in the afternoon, led by Mitchell. This free seminar is organized by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), Washington State University (WSU), and the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA). Mitchell’s visit to the Northwest ties in with a series of educational cider workshops he helps conduct, organized throughout the year by NABC, WSU, and NWCA. Space is limited and  reservations are recommended. Contact Alicia Self at alicia@agbizcenter.org or call (360) 336-3727.  Skagit Valley Gardens is located at 18923 Peter Johnson Road, near Mount Vernon. Organizers hope to replicate this program in eastern Washington and Oregon next year.

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