Farm relief during COVID-19 crisis

By Terence Bradshaw Hi everyone: It was gorgeous outside today, which provided a good chance to get caught up on pruning, pushing brush, and prepping for a growing season that is right around the corner. This is not my usual message about orchard or vineyard management. Many of our fruit and vegetable farms rely on […]

Followup information from Feb 13 annual Apple growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw I’ve been taking notes during today’s VTFGA / UVM Apple Program annual meeting. This is useful even if you didn’t make the meeting on Feb 13. Here goes: 1. Slides from the talks will be available at: http://www.uvm.edu/~fruit/?Page=treefruit/tf_meetings.html&SM=tf_submenu.html They should be up there shortly. 2. Please consider taking our pretty short survey […]

Thoughts on spring approaching in Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw In contrast to the rest of the population, those of us in the fruit growing community hate warm March weather, and this year looks like another which will potentially give us early bud break, at least in the warmer parts of the state in Bennington county and the Connecticut Valley. Reports out […]

Upcoming orchard and vineyard workshops

By Terence Bradshaw It’s a little late in the season, but UVM Spring Break is approaching which means that we have some time to get out in the field and spend some hands-on time with apple and grape growers. The following workshops will be held in the coming weeks, please email me with questions or […]

Apple producers’ meeting is on for tomorrow, Thursday Feb 13 in Middlebury

By Terence Bradshaw The weather for overnight tonight and into tomorrow is a little dicey, with 3-5 inches of snow, total, expected through tomorrow afternoon. Given the logistics of rescheduling, we’re going to keep the meeting date for tomorrow’s UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Association 124th Annual Meeting. American Legion Hall, 49 […]

Electronic Registration is Open- February 13 VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Notice: Early bird (discounted) registration ends February 4. Electronic registration is now open at: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/vt-tree-fruit-growers-association-annual-dues The agenda and registration for the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVBM Apple Program growers’ meeting is now available. Registration and agenda are at: http://go.uvm.edu/2020applemtg. I am personally excited by the quality and breadth […]

Winter apple pruning; ‘Click’ pruning

By Terence Bradshaw Happy 2020, everyone. By now, in mid-January, all growers should be thinking about or well-into dormant pruning apple trees. This is the time to get your tree structure adjusted and to open trees up to sunlight and air to improve overall health and production. Below are some resources that may refresh your […]

February 13: VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw The agenda and registration for the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVBM Apple Program growers’ meeting is now available. Registration and agenda are at: http://go.uvm.edu/2020applemtg. Electronic registration is not set up at this time, please use the old-fashioned snail mail form in the link or check back shortly. I […]

Reminder: February 13 UVM Apple Program / VTFGA meeting

By Terence Bradshaw As the new year rolls over, I’d like to remind everyone of the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program annual meeting that will we held at the American Legion hall in Middlebury, VT on February 13. There are still a couple of agenda items we’re wrapping up, […]

USDA Value Added Producer Grants Information Sessions

By Terence Bradshaw Hello: The USDA Value Added Producers Grants Program is now open for FY2020. This is a great program available to growers and businesses aimed at helping to scale up or investigate entering the value-added food, fiber, and wood products industries. I have reviewed these grants in the past, and this is an […]