NARBA History

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founded in 1985

The association was originally incorporated as the North American Bramble Growers Association (NABGA) in the state of New York in 1985. It received its federal tax-exempt status as an agricultural, or 501(c)(5) organization in 1987. The name was changed to “North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association” in January 2008.

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NARBA's Structure

NARBA is a nonprofit membership association. Our members are growers, researchers, Extension workers, nurseries, suppliers, marketers, and others associated with the raspberry and blackberry industry. 

NARBA is governed by a board of directors (the Executive Council), which is elected by the membership. The Council elects the organization’s President, Vice President, and Treasurer. The Executive Director, is a paid staff member, who oversees the running of the organization.

In 1998, NABGA also created a separate but allied organization called the North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation to receive donations and make grants to caneberry research. All donations to the Research Foundation, which is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-exempt.


We welcome growers, researchers, suppliers, processors, marketers and industry stakeholders.