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New Grape Grower Workshop

The New Grape Grower Workshop is held yearly during the month of March or April.  This course offers a broad overview of commercial vineyard development from pre-plant planning into the third year including economics and marketing information, variety, clone, and rootstock choices, site selection and preparation, pre-plant decisions, equipment and supply requirements. We will also cover the basics of ordering, planting, and tending the vines through the third year of growth, as well as best practices for training, canopy management, and pest management.  The workshop is classroom format with a lot of time for Q&A.  This seminar is a good overview of what is involved with getting a commercial vineyard started in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Intermediate Grape Grower Workshop

The Intermediate Grape Grower Workshop is held yearly during the month of March or April.  This course continues where the New Grower Workshops left off, offering a detailed description of viticultural practices for commercial vineyards. Topics will include managing and following vineyard expenses, canopy management (including pruning, shoot thinning, and vine training), crop management (including estimation, cluster thinning, and sampling), vineyard floor management (including herbicides), making harvest decisions, and of course, pest management (equipment, insects, and diseases). This workshop is a good overview of what is involved in producing high quality fruit in Maryland.

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Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting

The Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting is held yearly during the month of February.  Various topics on tree fruit, small fruit and Integrated Pest  Management is discussed.  MDA Pesticide Re-Certification Credits can be obtained by attending the meeting.

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Additional Presentations

Bay Area Fruit School
Presentations and videos available


Strawberry Twilight Tour

2020 Booklet
2019 Booklet
2018 Booklet
2017 Booklet
2016 Booklet
2015 Booklet


Ready To Take Root-Getting Started with Small Fruit & Hops

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and the University of Maryland Extension (UME) partnered in 2018 and 2019 to offer a series of workshops on everything you need to know to grow, sell and market small fruits and hops in the Southern Maryland region and throughout the state of Maryland. The workshop series and resource portal was made possible in part by a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF) and the the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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