Register Now for Blackberry & Blueberry Production Workshop

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Blackberry production at Farrell's Creek Farm.

Blackberry production at Farrell’s Creek Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will offer a Blackberry & Blueberry Production Workshop as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. This workshop is an all-day event that will provide research-based info to market growers and gardeners.


Blackberry Production
Gina Fernandez – Extension Specialist, NC State University
Site selection and prep, high tunnels, varieties, planting, fertility, irrigation, pruning and training, harvesting

Blueberry Production
Bill Cline – Extension Specialist, NC State University
Site selection and prep, varieties, planting, fertility, irrigation, pruning, harvesting

Pests of Blackberries & Blueberries
Hannah Burrack – Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University
Primary pests + integrated pest management

Diseases of Blackberries & Blueberries
Sara Villani – Plant Pathologist, NC State University
Bill Cline – Extension Specialist, NC State University
Primary diseases + integrated pest management

Postharvest Handling
Penny Perkins-Veazie – Professor, NC State University
Handling and storage of blackberries and blueberries

Debbie Roos – Agriculture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension
Primary pollinators of blackberries and blueberries

Small Fruit Resources
Debbie Roos – Agriculture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension
Plant nurseries, production guides, websites, etc.

Q & A Panel 

*See below for Speaker Bios.

We will provide coffee and tea; Phoenix Bakery will provide morning pastries and Angelina’s Kitchen will cater a delicious, locally sourced lunch.

Advance registration is required for this workshop. The cost of the workshop is $35. Call 919-542-8244 or email Debbie Roos if you have questions.

Register online for this workshop. The registration deadline is March 10.

Speaker Bios:

Hannah Burrack is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at NC State University where she develops strategies to manage the pests and pollinators of berry crops. She’s particularly interested in the biology of invasive species and enjoys solving insect problems with extension agents and growers.

Bill Cline is an extension specialist on diseases of small fruit crops in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department at North Carolina State University. Bill also serves as the blueberry extension horticulturist for North Carolina. His office is located at the NC State University Horticultural Crops Research Station in Castle Hayne, NC.

Gina Fernandez is an Extension Specialist with responsibilities in caneberries (blackberry and raspberry). She is also the strawberry and caneberry breeder for the state. She has been at NC State University since 1996 and is located on the main campus in Raleigh.

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie is a professor at North Carolina State University and is located at the NC research campus in Kannapolis NC. She is a postharvest physiologist with expertise in small fruits and other fresh produce.

Debbie Roos is an Agriculture Agent with the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Debbie is responsible for programming in the areas of commercial vegetable production, organic production, pollinator conservation, beekeeping, alternative agricultural enterprises, and forestry.

Dr. Sara Villani is an Assistant Professor of Fruit and Woody Ornamental Pathology at North Carolina State University’s Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center located in Western NC. Her research interests include understanding mechanisms driving practical fungicide and antibiotic resistance, understanding the effect of abiotic stressors on disease development, and the development of chemical, biological, and cultural strategies for the management of economically important diseases on fruit and woody ornamentals in the southeastern US. Sara recently added caneberry pathology research and extension responsibilities in January 2020 and is excited to collaborate with the industry to develop practical disease management strategies.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202,, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the event.