Webinar Schedule and Participants' Guide

Webinar Dates

Live instruction next begins Wed Nov 2, 2022 from 7-8:30pm Eastern, with the final webinar on Wed Dec 7. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: 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 2: Site Assessment

This week will feature a discussion with Jon-Erik Koko-Schellenberg, of Black Creek Farm on how to evaluate the quality of your site and soil using visual observation and a variety of online resources. This is an extremely important topic for the successful establishment of a perennial crop.

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

Laura McDermott is the berry specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program will lead the discussion on strawberry production. 

Week 5: Brambles (raspberries) and Ribes

Amy Ivy 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, Regional 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.

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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