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Webinars, open houses for berry growers

There’s a bonanza of learning opportunities for berry growers this fall:

Hardy kiwifruit

Hardy kiwifruit

Berry Webinar Series – Starts Sept. 9. The first of the dozen inter-active, hour-long ‘webinars’ will focus on growing strawberries on plastic and in high tunnels. Join in these free (pre-registration required), interactive online seminars roughly twice a month through next winter or view archived webinars.

Raspberry High Tunnel Field Day and Demonstration – Sept. 24, 2009, 2 to 6 p.m. See primocane fruiting raspberry trial in a multi-bay commercial tunnel system at the Lucy-Robbins Farm in the town of Geneva, N.Y.

Hardy Kiwifruit Open House – October 2, 1 to 3 p.m., Lansing, N.Y. Learn how to plant, train, prune, pollinate and manage kiwifruit pests. Tour a large planting of trellised kiwifruit just prior to harvest and taste the vine-ripened fruits.

Raspberry and Blackberry High Tunnel Open House – October 15, 1 to 4 p.m., East Ithaca Farm, Maple Ave., Ithaca. Observe primocane-fruiting raspberries and blackberries, see the growth that can be obtained with black raspberries and thornless blackberries under a high tunnel, meet with researchers, and taste fruit.

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