Grape disease management and shoot thinning

By Terence Bradshaw I’m probably a tad late on getting this out for some growers. The growing season continues to be cool and wet, and grapevines at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center are showing about four to five inches of shoot growth. We are beginning to enter a critical time for disease management. […]

Early vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw Buds have broken in most Vermont vineyards and many vines are at 1-3” shoot growth. This brings up a few pest management considerations for your vineyards. Most cold-climate cultivars will not need disease protection until 5-8” of shoot growth, but any vineyards with heavy disease pressure last year may wish to begin […]

Grape flea beetle, weed management

By Terence Bradshaw May 5, 2019 Buds are swelling in Vermont orchards. I haven’t looked at our vines in South Burlington since Friday, and they were fully swelled then, but I cleaned up my vines at home (1500’ elevation, Washington county) today and they were quite swelled up. I expect bud break any day now. […]

Beginning the 2019 viticulture season

By Terence Bradshaw After a long winter, spring is here and bud break is approaching. Plan on wrapping up pruning in the coming weeks and removing brush from the rive alleys to the burn pile (and burn it, too, to reduce overwintering insects and disease inoculum). This is a good time to review your previous […]

2019 New England Wine and Grape Growers Survey

By Terence Bradshaw I am working with an Lizzy Holiman, an undergraduate UVM student who is studying viticulture and wine making practices in relation to climate change adaptation in New England. If you have a couple of minutes to complete this survey that will guide her research question, we would really appreciate it. Please feel […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]