The New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show will be held December 15, 16, and 17 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH and will include 32 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops, as well as various topics such as hard cider and hops production. ‘Farmer-to-Farmer’ information-sharing sessions after each morning and afternoon session bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussions on timely issues of interest to growers. There is also an extensive trade show with over 100 exhibitors that is open throughout the conference, and social mixers to help facilitate meeting fellow-growers.
The featured speaker for the evening of the 15th will be Jean Martin Fortier, from Les Jardins de la Grelinette in Quebec, who will speak on how to make “$100,000 Per Acre on a Small Farm.”
The 3-day educational program offers 5 or 6 concurrent sessions each morning and afternoon: December 15 features sessions on tree fruit, food safety, specialty and ethnic crops, blueberries, winter growing, harvest & handling efficiencies, cut flowers, and more; December 16 sessions are on stone fruit, mechanical weed control, Brassica and leafy greens, strawberry production, vine crops, soil health, hard cider, farm size decisions, and more; sessions on December 17 include viticulture, sweet corn, technology, root crops, organic, hops, greenhouse tomatoes, fertilizers, and greenhouse container growing.
Pre-registration to attend any part or all of the conference or trade show is $115 for the first member of the farm or business and $85 for each additional member (family or employee) when pre-registered with first member. The pre-registration fee for students (high school or college) is $50 each, when pre-registered by the instructor. Pre-registration must be received by November 30, 2015. There is an additional fee of $30 per person for late registration or walk-ins. Hotel registration is separate, but conference rates apply if you provide the code “NEVF15”.