Growing niche berries in New Jersey offers higher-margin opportunities for small-scale farmers. For growers who are serious about collaborating on sales and marketing, we will be discussing markets, pricing and managing pests and disease. Specific crops to be discussed include currants, aronia, elderberries, haskaps, josta, goumi, blackberries and gooseberries. We will cover other niche product opportunities, but to a lesser extent.
Michael Brown has been growing berries commercially in his own backyard since 2006, and now has a thriving business supplying berries, small fruits, and their nursery plants to customers in New Jersey and beyond on just 1/3 acre. As a strong supporter of small landholders developing viable businesses in the plants, food, and value-added sectors, Michael is offering this workshop to share aspects of his model.
The workshop will be held at Pitspone Farm. Streetside parking is available.
Learn more about Michael and his farm at http://www.pitsponefarm.com/
Registration required. Members $25, Non-Members $20.