The workshop is aimed at training new growers to consider establishing a direct market channel for growing small fruit on the farm; including a pick-your-own operation, on-farm sales, and other direct market channels, such as the tailgate market.
The group will discuss 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. The workshop includes a lecture followed by a pruning demonstration at Waightstill Avery's Farm.
For additional information or to register, please contact Bill Hoffman, Extension Agent at 828-733-8270.