2022 Under the Vines (Kiwiberry) Field Day @ University of New Hampshire – September 16, 2022

Re-post via UNH

Under the Vines is an opportunity for current and future commercial producers, value-added processors, nursery owners, and the public to visit the experiment station’s vineyards and farm, learn about current research and breeding activities, and share their knowledge, questions, and perspectives. 

Plant breeder Iago Hale, associate professor of specialty crop improvement, will discuss the station’s kiwiberry research and breeding program. Attendees will tour the vineyard, learn about research and breeding updates, and have an opportunity to ask questions. The vineyard has fruit on vines and is nearing harvest. The UNH kiwiberry research and breeding program was established in 2013. In the first research project of its kind, Dr. Hale aims to develop improved, economically viable kiwiberry varieties for small farms in the northeast.

Experiment station researcher Becky Sideman, extension professor of sustainable horticulture production, will also discuss the station’s seedless table grape and hydrangea research, which are intended to benefit regional growers interested in growing table grapes for local markets and hydrangea for cut flowers. Attendees will tour the grape vineyard and hydrangea plantings, learn about the latest research and information about both crops, and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

The field day is free and open to the public. The focus of the event is on research for commercial growers.  For directions to the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, visit: https://colsa.unh.edu/facility/woodman-horticultural-research-farm

Ample parking at the farm is free. 

Location Details and Event Time: September 16, 2022 | 3:00 – 5:00pm; 70 SPINNEY LN, DURHAM, NH 03824-4714, United States


3:00-3:30 Hydrangeas for cut flowers in NH – see 16 varieties in the landscape, and learn about their performance as cut flowers.

3:30-4:00 Table grapes for NH – learn about varieties that do well here, the pros/cons of different training systems, and see 7 new varieties planted last year and starting to fruit. And, we’ll have samples of all varieties available for you to taste!

4:00-5:00 Kiwiberries in NH – tour the kiwiberry vineyard, and learn about research and breeding updates.

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