Organic and Sustainable Blueberry and Brambleberry Growers Conference

Scheduled for October 21-22, 2013

Welcome to this website that describes our upcoming Berry Conference which will be held at Eastern Mennonite University, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The conference topics and presentations are aligned toward commercial berry growers who are involved in organic and sustainable blueberry or brambleberry (blackberries and raspberries) production. This regional conference will provide practical information that will help both beginning and experienced berry growers. Conference presenters include research experts as well as seasoned horticulturalists.

Programming for the first day of the conference (Monday, October 21st) will be held at the Suter Science Center at Eastern Mennonite University and includes presentations from berry researchers, agricultural agents, and horticulturalists. On the second day (Tuesday, October 22nd) participants will have opportunity to tour and visit the farms of local horticulturalists who are actively growing and marketing blueberries or brambleberries. (See directions to campus.)

Tentative program topics include…

  • Organic Berry Horticulture: Challenges and Choices
  • Nurturing a Healthy and Vibrant Soil for Organic Berry Production
  • Berry Plant Physiology: Foliar Analysis and Interpretation
  • Organic Certification: Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Production
  • Integrated Pest Management for Organic Berries
  • Growing a Nutrient-Dense Berry: Practical Considerations
  • Basics of Organic Blueberry/Brambleberry Production
  • Roundtable Discussion on Lessons Learned in Berry Production
  • Optional: Guided Field Visits to Regional Berry Producer Sites (Tuesday morning)

Contact info

Have questions? Call or email Lynn Quay, EMU’s Suter Science Center assistant, at 540-432-4325 or . Review additional contact info …