Blackberry R & P Project Contacts
Tom Krugman Debby Wechsler
4724 118th Loop SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Phone: 360-918-8504 (H) 360-704-9277 (C)
Responsible for gathering data, developing and preparing proposal
1138 Rock Rest Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 2312
Coordinating communication and industry outreach
A Working Group from across the blackberry industry -- growers, marketers, importers, organizations -- has been developed to lead the development of the R&P proposal. Below is the current composition of this group, and others are bing added. This group started meeting in Spring 2010 via conference call and email to work out the many details of our proposal to USDA. Chairing this group is Ervin Lineberger, past-president of the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association and North Carolina blackberry producer.
Tom Am Rhein, Naturipe Berry Growers, Inc., Salinas, CA
Joey Cole, Cole Berry Farm, Vernon Hill, VA
Stan Crafton, Giumarra / VBM International Berry, LLC, Littleton, CO
Jeremy Gillam, Gillam Farms, Judsonia, AR
Philip Gutt, Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission, Corvallis, OR
Rick Harrison, Driscolls, Watsonville, CA
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Schiller Park, IL
Tim Kreder, Kreder Farms, McMinnville, OR
Cal Lewis, Lewis Nursery and Farms, Inc., Rocky Point, NC
Ervin Lineberger, Killdeer Farm, Kings Mountain, NC
Cat McKenzie, Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission, OR
Wayne Mitchem, Mitchem's Farm, Vale, NC
Keith Mixon, Sunnyridge Farm, Winter Haven, FL
Nishan Moutafian, Driscolls, Watsonville, CA
John Shelford, Naturipe Farms Grower Services LLC, Naples, FL
Linda Strand, Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission ,OR
Ben Strickland & Michelle Patten, Strickland & Patten, LLC, Lakeland, GA
Will Unger, Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission, OR
If you would like to become involved in the Working Group, please contact Debby Wechsler (full contact info above).
If you would like to join an email discussion group relating to the R&P and receive updates on the progress of this project, visit the Blackberry R&P Forum.