VBFG Pruning workshops

By Terence Bradshaw This winter, the UVM Fruit Program will hold a number of apple and grape pruning workshops around the state as part of the Vermont Beginning Fruit Grower (VBFG) project. Each workshop will be limited to twelve people so that we may provide time and attention to each participant. The first workshop will […]

Vermont Beginning Fruit Growers Program

By Terence Bradshaw I will be announcing the start of the UVM Fruit Program’s Vermont Beginning Fruit Grower Program (VBFG). This project is funded for eighteen months through a Vermont Specialty Crops Block Grant through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. There are two primary deliverables for this project. First is an interactive email list that […]

Social Media Workshop at the Vermont Farm Show *Free*

By Terence Bradshaw In 2019, growing your Vermont brand online is more important than ever before. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is offering a workshop to help you sharpen your Social Media marketing skills. Whether you’re making melt-in-your-mouth maple candy, or growing fresh fruits and veggies, learn the latest tips, tricks and […]

New Cornell Orchard-Pollinator Protection Guide available

By Terence Bradshaw The need for adequate pollination is no secret to fruit growers, but recent focus on the status of both wild and managed (e.g. honeybee and certain bumblebee) pollinators refocuses the efforts among all of us to ensure that we are managing our crops sustainably. Tree fruit growers arte in a particularly tricky […]

New England apple Extension survey

By Terence Bradshaw I am working with the other Apple IPM Extension instructors across New England to develop regional programming. We are asking New England apple growers to help us in Extension determine the most effective ways to get you crop management information. The intent of the survey is to determine how apple growers in […]

Registration & agenda, 2019 VTFGA / UVM Apple Meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Registration is open for the 123rd Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program Annual Meeting. This year, registration is offline only, please print the attached form (also available here) and mail payment to the address at the bottom of the form. Past attendees can expect a hard copy registration and […]

Transferring the Farm Workshop Feb 12

By Terence Bradshaw Transferring The Farm Workshop February 12, 2019 at UVM Extension Berlin VT Newsletter, Website, or Listserv Transferring The Farm Workshop for farmers to learn about key issues, tools and resources to help them make informed decisions and take action steps towards transferring their farm to the next generation of their family or […]

Save the date: Feb 14, 2019 UVM Fruit Program & VTFGA Annual Meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Happy winter…. This is just a quick notice to ‘Save the Date’ for February 14, 2019 for the 123rd Annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Fruit Program winter meeting at the American Legion in Middlebury, VT. The program is still coming together, but we have scheduled Cornell Plant Pathologist Srdjan […]

Apple Crop Insurance Deadline November 20

By Terence Bradshaw Passing along the word from Jake Jacobs, UVM Agricultural Risk Management and Crop Insurance Education Program, on the impending crop insurance deadline for apples: Please pass along a reminder to apple growers that the crop insurance sales closing date is November 20. RMA has recently re-vamped their website and the most current […]

Announcing: Vermont Beginning Apple & Grape Grower project

By Terence Bradshaw In response to mounting requests from prospective and beginning farmers and farmers transitioning to apples and grapes from other crops for experiential-based technical support trainings covering a broad spectrum of production needs—including farm site evaluation, cultivar and planting systems, tree and vine pruning and training, crop load management, groundcover management, and harvest […]