Experts lead Advanced Fruit Small Fruit Production workshop

HUGHESVILLE, Md. - The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) will host a workshop on Advanced Small Fruit Production for Southern Maryland region growers on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Hughesville, Maryland.

The advanced level workshop follows on from SMADC's 2018 workshop series developed with UME for experienced farmers looking to expand and diversify their current operations and growers advancing to the next level of small fruit production. The advanced workshop is a rare opportunity to hear from seven leading experts in the field, in one session in a location convenient to most area farms.

"If you are growing blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or other small fruit varieties, this workshop is an opportunity to learn from some of the foremost experts from around the Mid-Atlantic Region," said Karyn Owens, SMADC’s Program Specialist. The intensive half-day workshop aims to make the most of producers' busy schedules focusing on specific ares that will benefit growers with a good working knowledge of small fruit production.

Topics cover specifics for blueberries, strawberries, and other bramble varieties including site preparation, soil amendments, IPM and weed management, recent research and variety trials, and other important criteria for small fruit production in Southern Maryland.

The workshop will be held at the SMECO Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Road Hughesville, MD 20637 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $15 and includes a meal and all course materials. To register visit 'What's New/News and Announcements' at For questions contact SMADC Staff at, or call 301-274-1922 ext. 1.



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