By Forrest Scharf, PAg, Provincial Specialist, Fruit Crops
Like many similar organizations, the Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association (SFGA) has struggled to sustain a board over the past few years, and required an emergency meeting in the early part of 2019 to determine how to proceed with too few volunteers willing, or able to serve on its executive.
Luckily, a few dedicated growers stepped forward to sustain the organization. The organization’s pulse is getting stronger with the addition of a new website and reduced membership fees. As more activity is included in the website, it is hoped former SFGA members will rejoin the association and new fruit industry entrants will see the strong membership value.
The 2019 SFGA Board of Directors is:
- Don Martin, President
- Mervin Zurevinsky, Vice-President
- Louise Ortman, Secretary-Treasurer
- Kathy Adams, Director
- Will Stafford, Director
In general, participation as a board member isn’t onerous. Usually there are four to six meetings a year and they are held via teleconference. The board members help make decisions for the association, but have few other responsibilities. Meetings have historically been held on weeknights and typically last a little over an hour. Board meetings are generally not held in the production season since most volunteers are busy managing their businesses.
The SFGA hosts an annual conference, offers bulk purchasing of plant material and supplies, helps support fruit related research projects, provides industry strategic direction, serves as the representative of the industry to government and offers valuable industry networking opportunity.
Members can have their operations listed on the website's grower map and industry news will be shared with them via the website. If you are interested in becoming a member of SFGA, you are encouraged to communicate with the SFGA's client service representative, Karen Mann, at:
Mailing Address: PO Box 21038 Saskatoon SK S7H 5N9
Street Address: 2335 Schuyler Street Saskatoon, SK S7M 5V1
For more information about the SFGA; please email Forrest Scharf, provincial fruit specialist.