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The Fall ABS Convention was hosted by the Southeast Chapter.

29 Sep 2021 – 3 Oct 2021     Perry, Georgia

Daphne Lewis with Bamboo Poles

Thursday, September 30, 2021

  • Spend the day at Bamboo Farming USA, owned by Daphne Lewis, in Hawkinsville GA. The farm has eleven major bamboo plantings, each 7 years old, and many smaller plantings of various ages.
  • Mingle with bamboo people, listen to speakers, eat lunch and dinner, and wander the farm.
  • In addition to speakers & panel sessions, there will be grove tours, charcoal making and perhaps pole hauling by steers (bovines).
  • Thomsen Bamboo is located at the farm. Tom will be there to demonstrate using bamboo–from the pole to candle to charcoal. 
  • Bring items for the silent auction. Set up a booth if you like.
  • Meals will be catered at the farm.

Friday, October 1, 2021

  • We will visit Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park, which has an ongoing program to revive and replant the native Canebrake collection along the river and wetlands.  We can walk the beautiful grounds to see cane used in ancient ceilings and walls.
  • Next tour the historic USDA germplasm collection for bamboo at the Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron GA, where we will talk with Mike Hotchkiss, scientist and bamboo lover, and Melanie Harrison-Dunn, curator of grasses for USDA.
  • Finally, head back to Daphne’s Farm for more demos, discussions, spending more time touring the research plots, and making plans for dinner
  • Dinner is on your own

Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • We begin at the Moso grove of Tobaris Holmes in Unadilla. Tobaris and his family will show you the grounds and talk of “learning from mistakes” and future plans.
  • Lunch at The Columns of Georgia
  • Visit the home of Kay and Jaap Kopperdrayer in Odum, GA. The Koppedrayers build and sell traditional bamboo arrows and bows. Jaap is a renowned maker of bamboo bows both traditional Japanese or any style. We will tour their groves and they will demonstrate their modern Taiwanese bamboo processing machines for splitting poles and planing the split for perfect lamination.

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