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Webinar Dates

Live instruction for 2023 has concluded. You are welcome to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Fall 2024.​​ All webinars are recorded and posted here in your online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please 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.

Weekly Topics

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: 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 5: 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 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.

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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