The influx of new growers prompted Oregon State University — the research and training backbone of the state’s industry — to hold a school for longtime farmers and beginners planning their first crop. The event, held over March 16 and 17 on campus in Corvallis, is the first in eight years, long before organic blueberries carved a spot in the industry and the state sold 90 million tons of berries in a year.
Blueberries can be expensive to start, and require a lot of patience, because a bush can take seven years before growing at its full potential. Industry experts can’t predict what the market will look like then.
“We don’t want someone… who is new to blueberries not being aware of risks and questions,” said Bernadine Strik, an OSU berry expert organizing the school.
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Written by Molly Harbarger | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Published on February 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM, updated February 03, 2015 at 9:21 PM