Feb 24, 2020
Virginia Berry School scheduled for March 12-13 in Petersburg

The Virginia Berry School on March 12-13 at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Petersburg, Virginia.

The two-day school will provide experienced and beginning Virginia berry growers with the latest research and information about starting a berry enterprise and production management of berry crops, including blueberries and blackberries.

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The two-day school will provide experienced and beginning Virginia berry growers with the latest research and information about starting a berry enterprise and production management of berry crops, including blueberries and blackberries.

VSU and VCE have sponsored berry production conferences for more than 10 years, as interest in the berry industry in Virginia continues to grow and markets expand. Growing berries can be profitable, however, it is labor-intensive and having a sustainable management plan can reduce risks considerably.

Berry experts will teach classroom sessions and hands-on demonstrations on how to successfully grow berries in Virginia.

Topics include:

• Blackberry production, soil preparation, planting, varieties, trellises, pruning, etc.
• Blueberry production, soil amendment and preparation, planting, varieties, pruning, etc.
• Berry health benefits
• Berry pest and disease management
• Organic blueberry production
• Post-harvest management of berries
• Hands-on pruning of both blackberry and blueberry plants … AND MORE!

$50 per person – Lunch is included both days.

A limited number of rooms are available for $96 per night for participants who need hotel accommodations. Rooms must be reserved by Feb. 21st.

To reserve your room, use the following link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/BQ24S9

For more information, contact the Small Fruits and Vegetables Program office at (804) 524-5493.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Fruits and Vegetables office ([email protected]) or call (804) 524-5493 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.




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