8th Annual Berry Production & Marketing conference

8th Annual Berry Production & Marketing conference

8th Annual
Berry Production &
Marketing conference

Berry Production and Marketing Conference

March 13, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gateway Dining Hall, Virginia State University

Experienced and new berry growers will learn the latest research findings, production methods and marketing techniques from berry experts across the Southeast in Virginia’s premier berry growing conference. Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, among other berry types will be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to network with and learn from fellow berry growers, as well.


Introduction by Dr Franklin Jackson

Dr Franklin Jackson

Dr Franklin Jackson

Dr Kim Morgan Virginia Tech

Dr Kim Morgan

Market Trends for Berry Crops: Dr Kim Morgan, Virginia Tech

VSU Berry Market Update

Dr. Alejandra Salgado

Dr. Alejandra Salgado

Blackberry Research and New Varieties from The University of Arkansas: Dr Alejandra Salgado, University of Arkansas

Salgado University of Arkansas 2015

Pierson Gayer of Agriberry

Pierson Gayer

Blackberry Production and Marketing in Agriberry Farm: Pierson Geyer, Agriberry Farm


Ray Tuegel & Cheryl Ferguson

Ray Tuegel & Cheryl Ferguson

Organic Blackberry Production: Plum Granny Farm Ray Tuegel and Cherly Ferguson

Organic Blackberries at Plum Granny Farm


Dr Erick Smith Univerisity of Georgia

Dr Erick Smith

Blueberry Production and Potential Varieties: Dr Erick Smith, University of Georgia

Smith Blueberry Basics VSU


Dr Phil Brannen University of Georgia

Dr Phil Brannen

Blueberry and Blackberry Disease Management: Dr Phil Brannen, University of Georgia

Blueberry Caneberry Disease Update

Lunch Break

Dr Doug Pfeiffer Virginia Tech

Dr Doug Pfeiffer Virginia Tech

Managing Pests of Berry Crops with Emphasis on Spotted Wing Drosophilla (SWD):  Dr Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

SWD Dr Doug Pfeiffer

Alex Cornelius Blueberrys on Cornelius Farms

Alex Cornelius

Growing Blueberries in Georgia: Alex Cornelius, Cornelius Farm

Growing Blueberries Cornelius Farm



Dr Reza Rafie

Dr Reza Rafie

High Tunnel Raspberry Production in Virginia – Results from a Two-Harvests Study: Dr Reza Rafie, Virginia State University

Rafie-Raspberry-Berry conference-2015

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VABF 2015



Natasha Bowens – The Color of Food

The Color of Food: Photography & Storytelling from Farmers of Color Natasha Bowens

A photographic storytelling with the author of the book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming. In this visual and audio presentation, learn from farmers and food activists of color revolutionizing the food system and preserving cultural foodways around the country. Their stories as well as their portraits aim to honor, preserve and amplify the role of communities of color in the food movement while challenging the status quo of agrarian identity. The presentation highlights important issues tied to food and farming such as culture, community, health, land ownership, race and gender.



“Plant Disease Management for Organic Systems” by Meg McGrath  – Cornell University Dept of Plant pathology & Plant Microbe Biology

Dates & Location

The 2015 Virginia Biological Farming Conference
January 30 – 31, 2015
in Richmond, Virginia
at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved for January 29, 2015 – February 1, 2015.
The special room rate of $86/night will be available until January 14th
or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Book your room at this link or by calling 1-800-222-8733.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia, 23235
TEL: 1-804-379-3800
Map & Directions


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Ginger Tumeric Field Day Nov 6 2014

Theresa Nartea _ marketing ginger turmeric

Dr Reza Rafie _ Ginger-Day-Presentation 2014

Dr Carlin Rafie _ Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric

Bill Cox _ 2014 VSU Ginger Presentation

DATE:  Thursday November 06, 2014 Rain or Shine

9 AM—11:00 AM

$10.00 Registration Fee per PersonGinger Day

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2014 Small Fruits and Vegetable Field Day Iron Chef


Mike Perry of Harvest Moon Catering in Charlottesville wins the 2014 Iron Chef

Mike Perry 2014 Iron Chef winning entree

Mike Perry 2014 Iron Chef winning entree

Mike Perry 2014 Iron Chef presents to the Judges

Mike Perry 2014 Iron Chef presents to the Judges

Small Fruits and Vegetable Field Day

Small Fruits and Vegetable Field Day

Presentations will be posted as they become available, check back here for updates


Ellen Polishuk  – Production for Profit – Do you know who’s paying the bills?

presentation pdf no audio = VSU Field Day 2014 – Production for Profit

Full Presentation with audio:



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