Compiled by Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension
(802) 257-7967 ext. 13 or


Jan 4. New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Assn. meeting. Comfort Inn, Chicopee MA.
Registration: $10. Dom Marini 508-378-2546
10:00 Hydroponic Greenhouse Tomato Cultivar Trials, Martin Ghent, CT Ag. Expt. Station.
10:30 Striped Cucumber and Bacterial Wilt in Pumpkins, Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension
11:00 Use of Reflective Mulch in Tomato Production, Brent Loy, Univ. of NH
11:30 How Vermont Growers Battle Bugs and Weeds, Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension
12:00 Lunch - by reservation only
1:15   Value-Added Produce, Manuel Costa, Costa Fruit and Produce Co.
1:45   New Vegetable Varieties, Tom Lewandowski, Harris Seed Co.
2:15   Weed Control in Corn under Plastic, Rich Bonanno, UMass Extension
2:45   Food Safety and Sanitation, Rita Brennan Olson, UMass

Jan. 15-17. New Jersey Vegetable Meeting and Trade Show. Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. Phil Traino 856-985-4382

Jan. 23-26. Ecological Farming Conference, Asilomar CA.

Jan. 25-27. NOFA-NY Annual Conference, Holiday Inn Waterloo-Seneca Falls. Keynoter is Vermont grower Will Stevens. 518-734-5495

Jan. 30. Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Farm Show Meeting. 1-4 pm. Barre.

Feb. 1. Farmer-to-Farmer Workshop: "Increase Your Profit: Financial Management for Established Farmers" led by Richard Wiswall, Vermont organic vegetable farmer. Ballston Spa, near Saratoga Springs, NY.  $30 to $50 sliding scale fee includes lunch. Regional Farm & Food Project, (518) 427-6537,, or see

Feb. 2-3. Farmer-to-Farmer Workshop: "Creating Healthy Soils & Overcoming Weeds: Biological Principles for Agriculture".  Led by farmers Anne and Eric Nordell and Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens; Cornell University weed ecologist Chuck Mohler; Michigan biological agricultural consultant Joe Scrimger; with farmer Linda Hildebrand. Ballston Spa, near Saratoga Springs, NY.  $100 to $150 includes meals. Regional Farm & Food Project (see above)

Feb. 12-14. New York Vegetable and Berry Conference. Liverpool NY (near Syracuse) Holiday Inn. 607-539-7648

Feb 16. NOFA-VT Winter Conference. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. 802-434-4122

Feb. 19. Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Annual Meeting. Rutland Holiday Inn.
more details to come. Vern Grubinger 802-257-7967

Feb. 23-26. Plasticulture 2002: 30th National Agricultural Plastics Congress. DoubleTree, San Diego CA. Pat Heuser 717-238-9762.

Feb 26-28. Ontario Berry Growers Association and Horticultural Crops Conference, Hamilton Convention Center, Hamilton. Deborah Melito 519-763-6320.

March 7 (not the 6th as previously advertised). VT/NH/ME Potato Meeting. White River Junction area. More info to come. Vern Grubinger 802-257-7967


‘Protected Harvest’ is a new eco-label now being introduced into grocery stores. Protected Harvest is a collaboration between farmers, scientists and environmental advocates. Farmers in the program minimize their use of toxic pesticides by using Biologically Integrated Pest Management (BioIPM) practices. The first products to be certified under the Protected Harvest label are potatoes from Wisconsin, marketed under the Healthy Grown brand. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is allowing the WWF logo to be placed on Protected Harvest certified bags of Wisconsin potatoes. To qualify for Protected Harvest certification, growers must achieve a minimum number of points in two different groups of standards: production and toxicity score. For example, participants rotate their fields and they must eliminate the use of 12 toxic pesticides. All of the standards and supporting documents are available on the website: (FYI, the Vermont Vegetable and Berry ‘Ecologically Grown’ standards can be seen at:


At the recent Board of Directors meeting, the following draft was developed. A final version will be presented at the Annual Meeting in February. Members of the Association should direct comments or suggestions to President Hank Bissell at:  Mission: To promote the economic, environmental and social sustainability of vegetable and berry farming in Vermont through education, promotion and communication among growers. Goals: To bring new farmers into the industry. To increase consumer spending on local produce. To provide opportunities for growers to meet one another. To help farmers improve their financial management. To improve management of soil and water. To provide a forum for the exchange of technical information