The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show offered workshops led by experienced growers, extension agents, crop advisors, university and industry researchers as well as industry representatives from across North America. Speakers shared the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. This biennial conference was held Dec. 15 – 17, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.
Over 30 educational workshops covered major vegetable, small fruit and tree fruit crops. Workshop topics included strawberries, blueberries, greenhouse tomatoes, tree and stone fruit, ethnic crops, winter crops, viticulture, brambles, cucurbits, sweet corn brassicas/leafy greens, root crops and cut flowers.
Workshops covered topics like weed control, organics, storage techniques and soil fertility. New this year were workshops on hard cider and hops.
Speakers covered on-farm trials, food safety, harvest handling and storage, innovations for small plots, profits for small acreage, pros and cons of using drones and fertilizer decisions.
Evening networking receptions highlighted the Trade Show. Farmer-to-Farmer Meetings were informal, in-depth discussions bringing speakers and farmers together different topics.
Nearly 150 exhibitors participated in the 3-day Trade Show.
This conference has been held in odd years since its first convention in December 1979. Attendance has grown from around 1,000 in the early years to nearly 2,000 in 2015. Attendees gathered from well beyond the northeast region.
For more information visit www.newenglandvfc.org