Conference Sneak Preview

We’re getting close to finalizing the program for our conference in Grand Rapids. Here’s some of what — and who– you can expect.

  • Grower presentations by Gary Bardenhagen (MI), Fred Koenigshof (MI), and Kevin Edberg (MN).
  • Grower panel discussions on organic production, raising berries in tunnels, blackberry production in cold climates, and smartphone apps.
  • Practical, focused workshops on “Getting Started in Raspberries and Blackberries” and on “Make Your Own Food Safety Plan: Right here and now”  The beginners workshop will be led by Marvin Pritts (Cornell) and Eric Hanson (MSU)
  • Blackberry breeder John Clark (Arkansas), giving TWO talks.
  • A raspberry variety update by Nate Nourse, Nourse Farms.
  • Up-to-date information on SWD and diseases, presented by Rufus Isaacs (MSU), Hannah Burrack (NCSU) and Annemiek Schilder (MSU), 
  • A whole track of sessions focusing on tunnel production
  • Networking and discussion opportunities, including an evening hospitality room and an evening roundtable on production topics.
  • Lots of non-caneberry sessions to choose from, too: strawberry sessions from our partner NASGA, and a full Great Lakes Expo of sessions on vegetables, marketing, food safety, management, and more.

Watch for the full program and registration materials in September.

Visiting over breakfast at the 2015 NARBA Conference in Arkansas

Visiting over breakfast at the 2015 NARBA Conference in Arkansas