More Upcoming Fruit-Related Educational Events in 2013

In case the Muscadine Field Day wasn’t enough for you, there are other events to help you learn about muscadines (and other fruit crops).

First up is another Muscadine Field Day, this one in Arkansas ( :

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture will be hosting a Muscadine Workshop and Field Day at the Fruit Research Station at Clarksville on Thursday, September 12th. We have invited two prominent speakers to this workshop to give you updates on muscadine production and postharvest issues. In addition, we will have a display of muscadine cultivars and selections grown at this facility and a tour that will emphasize our muscadine breeding program. Whether you are thinking about expanding your existing planting, changing to newer cultivars, planting a new vineyard, or looking for marketing opportunities, this is a great opportunity!
This workshop is partially funded by the Arkansas Agriculture Department Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

2:30-3:00 pm Registration
3:00-3:15 pm Welcome by Dr. John Clark and Dr. Renee Threlfall, University of Arkansas
3:15-4:00 pm Issues in Muscadine Production, Sara Spayd, Professor, North Carolina State University
4:00-4:45 pm Postharvest Issues with Muscadine and Selection and Cultivar Differences, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Professor, North Carolina State University
4:45-5:00 pm Update on Muscadine Postharvest Research Project, Derek Barchenger, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas
5:00-5:30 pm Arkansas Muscadine Breeding Program Progress, John Clark, University Professor, University of Arkansas
5:30-6:30 pm Catered Dinner
6:30-7:30 pm Vineyard Tour of the University of Arkansas Muscadine Breeding Program

The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00. Registration and payment deadline is Thursday, August 29, 2013. For online registration and payment with check or credit card visit

For other registration information contact Katie Hanshaw (Phone 479-754-2406, Fax: 479-754-7529, E-mail:

Second is the Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association annual field day and trade show on October 10, 2013. I will be posting more information on this event in the coming days.

This will be an excellent Field Day and Trade Show. The major players in blueberry harvesting, grading and farm equipment will be on hand to exhibit their latest, most advanced equipment. Suppliers, harvesting and packaging materials, wind machines, pneumatic pruners and a number of other items used in the blueberry industry, will on exhibit. Blue River Farm will conduct tours of their farm and show us techniques that have contributed to their success.

We will begin with a short program to discuss Blue River Farm and highlight practices and products that contribute to their success. We will then take time to visit the exhibitors and look at the products and equipment. After lunch, farm tours will be conducted and equipment will be demonstrated. There is a lot packed into the program and you don’t want to miss any of it.

Directions to Blue River Farm – The farm is located between Mount Olive and Hot Coffee, MS on Highway 532. The address is 1876 Highway 532, Mount Olive, MS 39119

From U.S. Highway 49 at Mount Olive, turn East on Highway 35, cross the railroad track and bridge, take a right on Highway 532, travel 9.3 miles, Blue River Farm is on the Right.

From Laurel, turn West on Highway 84 and travel 16.6 miles, turn North on Highway 532 just past Leaf River bridge, Blue River Farm is 6.5 miles on the Left.

From Collins – turn East on Highway 84 and travel 10.4 miles, turn North on Highway 532, Blue River Farm is 6.5 Miles on the left.

The phone number at Blue River Farm is 601-797-3896, if you have trouble finding it.

If you have questions about the Blueberry Growers Field Day and Trade Show contact John Braswell at 601-795-5558 or

Third is the Fall Flower & Garden Fest, October 18 & 19 in Crystal Springs.  Details on this event, such as the program, have not been released yet.  Get more information at this link:

The 2013 Fall Flower & Garden Fest will be held Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, at the Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Crystal Springs is about 25 miles south of Jackson. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days and food vendors will have food and drinks available.

This is the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. Average attendance is 6,000 people over the two-day event. Admission and parking are free. The garden, grounds, seminars, and one of the tour wagons are handicapped accessible.

Fourth is the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference (

We are excited to announce that our 2013 Conference and Trade Show will be held in beautiful Choctaw, Mississippi at Pearl River Resort’s Silver Star Conference Center.  This year’s conference will be a three day event beginning November 13th with golf at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Course.  We will begin bright and early Thursday morning with informative sessions all day long ending the evening with our Magnolia Fresh Farm to Plate hour including drinks and hor d’oeuvres  prepared from food provided by our very own Mississippi growers! We will have several more exciting sessions Friday morning with lunch provided by the Silver Star chefs followed by an opportunity to tour the Choctaw Nation’s recent farm expansion.  Don’t miss this wonderful chance to expand your growing possibilities!