Webinar Schedule and Participants' Guide
In 2023, this course will be offered live for 6-weeks on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Eastern) from November 7 – December 12. While we encourage live attendance, so you have the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in the online classroom to watch anytime. You will also retain access to all materials indefinitely and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish. Join us!
To access the webinars during our next live session, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in the Weekly Resources section of this course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for the webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.
Week 1: Site Assessment
This week will feature a discussion with Jim O'Connell on site selection/assessment, an extremely important topic for the successful establishment of a perennial crop. Using some online tools (e.g. Google Earth, Web Soil Survey, etc.), Jim will show students how to take a first look at a potential site from the comfort of their home.
Week 2: The Business of Berry Production
We will start this course with some introductions and then talk with Farm Business Management Specialist, Liz Higgins, on some of the basic business/finance necessities for the new berry farmer to consider.
How do you decide if berries are right for you? In this session we will learn to use data to make informed decisions about profitability, marketing channels and crop selection. We will also cover the components of a business plan
Week 3: Blueberries
Jim O’Connell will provide a brief overview of blueberries (types, soil needs, etc.), and then guest speaker Kevin Clark of Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook, NY, will give an overview of the farm operations, focusing on blueberries.
Week 4: Strawberries
Anya Osatuke is the berry specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York Team. She will lead the discussion on strawberry production.
Week 5: Brambles (raspberries) and Ribes
Jim O'Connell will focus on cultural systems of raspberries, including pruning, recommended varieties, and pest management. Then Anya Osatuke, Regional Berry Specialist will review how to grow Ribes (currants and gooseberries)
Week 6: Lesser Known Berry Crops
In this last week, Western New York Berry Specialist Anya Osatuke will focus on some of the lesser known berry crops and their culture.
How to Join Zoom
Review the document below for more detailed instructions on how to use the webinar technology.