Under the Vines Kiwiberry, Grape and Fig Field Day Scheduled
Those interested in the commercial production of seedless table grape, figs, and kiwiberries are invited to the 4th annual “Under the Vines” Field Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. The event will be held at the University of New Hampshire Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, a facility of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. It is free and open to the public. Preregistration is required.
Experiment station researcher Becky Sideman, extension professor of sustainable horticulture production, will discuss the station’s seedless table grape and fig research, which are intended to benefit regional growers interested in growing table grapes and figs for local markets. Attendees will tour the grape vineyard and fig plantings, learn about the latest research and information about both crops, and have an opportunity to ask questions.
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. In 2013, Iago Hale established a kiwiberry research and breeding program at UNH. In the first research project of its kind, he aims to develop improved, economically viable kiwiberry varieties for small farms in the northeast.
The field day is free and open to the public; however, the focus is on research for commercial production. Preregistration for tours is required as capacity is limited due to COVID-19 protocols. For directions to the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, visit: https://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/directions/Woodman. Ample parking at the farm is free.