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CANCELLED:Organic Cranberry Production

Cranberry Photo Credit: Liz West
September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fresh Meadows Farm
39 North Main St
Carver, MA
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NOFA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

 

 

 

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Massachusetts has a rich history of cranberry cultivation and organic cranberries are a niche crop with opportunities for direct sales of both fresh and frozen fruit. Come meet Dom Fernandes, of Fresh Meadows Farm, who has been growing certified organic cranberries for over 10 years. Learn about how they transitioned almost a third of their farm into organic production.  Dom will lead a tour of one of Fresh Meadow Farms organic cranberry bogs and discuss the variety of cultivation techniques they use and the specific cultivars they find to work well in organic production. Following the tour, we convene in the sorting facility to learn about handling the crop after harvest. Dom will spend time elaborating and answering questions about his experiences transitioning from conventional to organic production and opportunities in the organic market.

Agenda:
1:00pm Organic Cranberry Bog
2:30pm Fresh Meadows Farm Sorting House
4:00pm Wrap up

Instructor:Fresh Meadows Farm
Dom Fernandes is a third generation cranberry farmer and owner of Fresh Meadows Farm which grows using both conventional and organic methods. He loves growing cranberries in Massachusetts, specifically preserving heirloom varieties and using traditional methods to dry pick some of his berries.

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