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We’re meeting February 21-24, 2022 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, not far from Washington, DC, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg. This will be a hybrid conference, for both in-person and virtual attendees. Our experience with a virtual conference in 2021 showed us the value of offering our conference virtually, but we’re also very excited to be back to having an in-person meeting. 

This area offers some very fine farms to visit and a strong caneberry industry. Due to our proximity to Washington, DC, we will also be featuring discussions of agricultural policy and legislation — and how to lobby for positive change.

Covid Contingency Plans (as of October 11, 2021): The health and safety of our participants, our families, and our communities is important to us. We urge anyone planning to attend the in-person conference to make sure they are fully vaccinated by the time of the conference. As the Covid-19 situation is constantly changing, NARBA has not yet set its policies regarding masking, Covid testing, vaccination, or proof of vaccination. We are monitoring the situation and making sure we have options in place for various contingencies. 

Please note that registrants will be able to change their registrations from in-person to virtual or vice-versa, within certain deadlines.   

Overall Schedule (Schedule and program for virtual attendees will be somewhat different.)

Monday, February 21: Afternoon workshop on the “Fundamentals of Caneberry Production”.  Opening Reception in the evening.

Tuesday, February 22: Full-day tour by chartered bus. Planned stops include Butlers Orchard and Larriland Farm

Wednesday, February 23: Educational sessions and trade show all day, with the NARBA Annual Meeting during lunch

Thursday, February 24: Educational sessions and tradeshow in the morning, possibly continuing into the afternoon. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to visit Congressional offices.

Virtual Programming:

Getting Started in Raspberry & Blackberry Production: A pre-conference, multi-session short course for novice and prospective growers. Sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays (tentatively 6:30 PM ET)  starting January 31.

All general sessions and most breakout sessions will be live-streamed for virtual attendees. Virtual attendees will be able to participate in Q&A. Sessions will also be recorded and available for on-demand viewing within 24 hours. Additional programming for virtual attendees is expected be scheduled concurrent with the Opening Reception on February 21 and the tour on February 22.  

All registrants for the conference, whether virtual or in-person, will have access to recorded sessions for in-demand viewing.

Hotel Reservations: Our host hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg. Our special conference rate is $99/night. The cutoff date for this rate is January 28. You can cancel without penalty up until 48 hours before the day of your arrival. We encourage you to make reservations early. There are two ways to register:

  • Call 301-977-8900 and mention “NARBA Conference” or “Raspberry & Blackberry Conference”
  • Visit our dedicated reservations page. Click on “Make a Reservation”, then, at the top of the next screen, click on “Edit Stay” to adjust the default that is there for number of people and the nights you plan to be there.  Rooms with king bed or two queen beds are both available.  

The hotel offers free parking, free wi-fi, a fitness center and indoor pool, and an on-site restaurant. 

Travel: The hotel is just off Interstate 270, between Frederick, MD and Washington, DC.  There are three airports in the Washington, DC area. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle. 

  • Washington National Airport (DCA): 28.0 miles
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 33.0 miles
  • Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 47.0 miles

Details about the conference will be added to this page over the coming months. Make sure you are on our email list to get updates and registration announcements.

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