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New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association
New England Cooperative Extension
present an
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Holiday Inn Portsmouth
300 Woodbury Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801


9:00 Registration: There is a $20.00 Registration Fee. This fee is waived for members of NEV&BGA
Lunch buffet is an additional $20
To register: CLICK HERE or contact Lisa McKeag at 917-573-5558 or secretary@nevbga.org by **November 28**
9:25 Welcome – Lisa McKeag, NEVBGA Secretary-Treasurer
9:30 What’s New with Crop Insurance?Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell, UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program
9:45 Pumpkin and Butternut Varieties EvaluationDr. Rebecca Brown, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Rhode Island
10:45 Wildlife Services: Protecting Agriculture and Livestock from Wildlife - David Allaben, NH/VT State Director USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services; Agriculture Damage Reimbursement Program for Deer, Bear, & Moose - NHFG, Robert Calvert, Wildlife Biologist
NOON Lunch buffet, $20. To reserve a lunch, please contact the Secretary, Lisa McKeag at (917) 573-5558 or secretary@nevbga.org by **November 28**. If you order lunch and cannot attend, please call to cancel. We will have to bill you for unpaid meals.
1:00NEVGBA Announcements – New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Officers
1:30 Nutrition and Nutrient Management Recordkeeping for Small Fruit Mary Concklin, Visiting Associate Extension Educator, Fruit Production & IPM UConn Extension
2:30 2016 Weather, Insect & Disease Pest Issues in Fruits & VegetablesGeorge Hamilton, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
3:30 Managing Irrigation during Drought Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc. Irrigation and Row Crop Supplies
4:00 Adjourn
** Four pesticide recertification credits have been approved for this meeting.
Commercial members are welcome to put up table-top displays.
Co-sponsored by the UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program

Save the date
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association
Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA

Program to be announced

Save the date
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hudson-Concord Lodge of Elks in Hudson, MA
Program to be announced

Other Events

Berry Production an online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program

November 8 – December 16 with Webinars on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm EST

Thinking about adding berries to the farm? Growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other berries is scalable and economical. Learn all about it during our 6-week online course starting November 8.
This course will help you consider all the aspects of this decision, from varieties and site selection all the way through profit potential and marketing. It is especially useful if you are exploring the possibilities of growing berries for income – be it supplemental or for your livelihood. The material presented will assume little past knowledge of farming, but a background in gardening will be very helpful.
Upon completion of this course, you will understand:

  • Primary considerations when choosing a site for successful berry farming
  • Basic cultural demands of the 3 major berry crops (strawberry, blueberry and brambles)
  • Cultural requirements of an array of lesser-known berry crops
  • Pest complexes of the major berry crops
  • Post-harvest requirements of berries
  • Considerations for successful marketing of berry crops
  • How to analyze costs vs. expenses and be able to incorporate them into a business plan

Laura McDermott is a regional fruit and vegetable specialist for the Capital District Fruit and Vegetable Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension in NY.
Jim O’Connell is the small fruits educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ulster County, NY and the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.


Connecticut Small Fruit & Vegetable Growers Meeting
January 9, 2017, 8:30 - 3:30
Maneeley’s Conference Center
65 Rye Street, S. Windsor, CT
Pre-registration $40 – includes Trade Show/Continental Breakfast/Coffee/Lunch. Pre-registration deadline January 4
Door registration $60 - must pre-register to be guaranteed a lunch
Printable program and pre-registration form can be found here

Program Morning Moderator – Mary Concklin, UConn Extension
8:55 Welcome – Rich McAvoy, Department Head, UConn Plant Science & Landscape Architecture Department
9:00 Production of Lettuce and Herbs – Rosa Raudales, UConn PS&LA
9:45 Advanced Management of Greenhouse Tomatoes in Holland – Rich McAvoy, UConn, PS&LA
10:15 Announcements: Stacia Monohan, Stone Garden Farm; Angie Murdukhayeva, UConn Extension
10:45 Break (Trade Show/Coffee & Tea)
11:15 Selecting Varieties for High Tunnels – Becky Sideman, UNH
12:00 Lunch Break/Trade Show (Lunch – must pre-register to be guaranteed a lunch)
  Afternoon moderator – Jude Boucher, UConn Extension
1:00 Improving Sales at Farmers’ Markets – Henry Gresczyk, Gresczyk Farms, New Hartford, CT
1:30 A Case Study for Tipping Point Dynamics: Neonics, Bees, Marketing, and Legislation – Rich Cowles, CAES
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15 Blueberry Production at the Jones Farm – Jamie Jones, Jones Family Farm, Shelton, CT
2:45 Natural Enemies of Vegetable & Fruit Pests – Jude Boucher, UConn Extension
3:15 Re-certification Credits: 3.5 hours
The University of Connecticut is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and program provider. Please call three weeks prior to this event if special accommodations are needed.

Make Checks out to UConn and mail to:
MacKenzie White, Tolland County Extension Center
24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT 06066
Contact: MacKenzie.White@UConn.edu, 860-875-3331

Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton, Mass. 01536
See the Flyer

Save the dates for this course designed to provide growers with regulatory certainty in a time of many regulatory changes. Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law. Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market. Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and nutrient management plans, training employees in WPS, developing standard operating procedures compliant with regulations, and preparing an employee handbook and a whole farm IPM plan. Twelve contact hours available for the vegetable pesticide license category. This course is designed for farm owners, managers and employees. Registration opens in September 2016.

1/10/2017 — Soil and Nutrient Management. Instructors: Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and TBD

1/17/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule Part 1. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program)

1/24/2017 — Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule Part 2. Instructors: Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty) and Michael Botelho

1/31/2017 — EPA Worker Protection Standards. Instructors: Natalia Clifton (UMass Extension Pesticide Education) and TBD

2/7/2017 — Advanced Topics in Integrated Pest Management. Instructors: Angie Madeiras (UMass Extension Plant Diagnostician), Sue Scheufele (UMass Extension Vegetable Program)

2/14/2017 — Employee Management and Labor Laws. Instructors: TBD

2/21/2017 — Incentive Programs (NRCS, MDAR, SARE) and Risk Management. Instructors: Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell (UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists)

2/28/2017 — Snow Date.

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051

Harvest New England
March 7 - 9, 2017 - Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts



Last update 2016 November 19