New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference Scheduled

9/2/2013

The New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show will be held December 17-19, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H., and will include 31 educational sessions over three days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops, as well as various special topics. Popular "Farmer-to-Farmer" information sharing sessions after each morning and afternoon session bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussions on certain issues.

The conference is convened with close collaboration between growers and extension from across the region. The steering committee gathers the best speakers from within the region and across the country to let you know about the latest innovations and advances in local fruit and vegetable production and sales.

Educational sessions over three days will mix the best theory and practice regarding major fruit, berry and vegetable crops. Virtually every session--from "Mechanical Weed Control" on Tuesday morning to "New England Viticulture" on Thursday afternoon--will include the perspective of farmers, extension staff and researchers. There is also an extensive trade show with over 100 exhibitors that is open throughout the conference.

Farmer-to-Farmer sessions will be held after each morning and afternoon session to allow speakers and farmers the opportunity for informal, in-depth discussion of timely issues of interest to growers.

The event is sponsored by the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association and the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association, in conjunction with the universities of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine, as well Cornell University and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station--in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The three-day educational program offers five concurrent sessions each morning and afternoon: Tuesday, December 17, features sessions on greenhouse tomatoes, sweet corn production, mechanical weed control, winter growing, CSAs, stone fruit, and more; Wednesday, December 18, has sessions on root crops, tree fruit, blueberries, postharvest storage, cut flowers, and more; sessions on Thursday, December 19, include sweet potatoes, strawberry production, New England viticulture, brassicas and leafy greens, and more.

Preregistration to attend any part or all of the conference or trade show is $105 for the first member of the farm or business and $75 for each additional member (family or employee) when preregistered with first member. The preregistration fee for students (high school or college) is $45 each when preregistered by the instructor.

Preregistration must be received by November 29, 2013. Register online at www.newenglandvfc.org. There is an additional fee of $30 per person for late registration or walk-ins.

Additional information on the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference, including downloadable registration material, may be found at www.newenglandvfc.org.