Small Fruit Production Workshop for Direct Markets

— Written By Tami Hagie

The Small Fruit Production Workshop for Direct Markets will be hosted at Avery Farm’s (Owner: Waightstill Avery) on Thursday, February 14, 2019, beginning at 2 p.m.

The workshop is aimed at training new growers to consider establishing a direct market channel for growing small fruits on the farm, including a “pick-your-own” operation, on-farm sales,  and other direct market channels, such as the tailgate market.

The presenters will be discussing blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for the region. Specific topics include cultivar selection, site establishment (soil conditions and planting), fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, and resources for pest control. Also, a pruning demonstration will be presented at Avery Farms.

Workshop Agenda:

2–2:30 p.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Farm Story

2:30–3:30 p.m. Small Fruit Production                                                            (Varieties, Planting, Spacing, Nutrient Management,                                                Water Management, Harvesting, Storage and Marketing)

3:30–4:30 p.m. IPM–Disease, Insect and Weed Management

4:30–5:30 p.m. Field Visit–Small Fruit Pruning Demonstration

5:30 p.m. Closing Remark