Growing Small Fruit on Your Farm – Online Course

The “Growing Small Fruit on Your Farm” course will teach you the best cultural practices for raising small fruit crops in Maine, including strawberries, raspberries, and high-bush blueberries. All of these crops can work well both in the home garden and on commercial farms, but proper planning and preparation are crucial to their success. This course will illustrate the essential steps needed to make your berry planting a rewarding experience. We will cover how to choose the best site, what to look for in plant varieties, preparing the soil, planting, fertilizing, pruning, and pest management.

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The online training will run Tuesdays in October and November: October 17, 24 and 31, and November 7 and 14, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. —2:30 p.m. each session.

Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Growing Small Fruit in Maine
  • Strawberry Production
  • Raspberry and Blackberry Production
  • High Bush Blueberry Production
  • Small Fruit Pest Management


We strive to make the training accessible and affordable for all Maine residents. Please select the course fee that is the best fit for you:

  • $60 (Full Price): Suggested for those who can afford the full course fee.
  • $30 (50% discount): Suggested fee for those who can afford 50% of the full course fee. Please use voucher code: fruit50
  • $15 (75% discount): Suggested fee for participants for whom the full course fee would prove a barrier to participation. Please use voucher code: fruit75

Technology Requirements:

The course content will be entirely online on Brightspace. An email address, access to a reliable internet connection, the newest version of your web browser, and an electronic device (i.e. laptop, desktop, iPad, or tablet) with video/audio capabilities are required to complete this course.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this course, please contact or 207.933.2100 by October 13, 2023. Requests received after this date may not allow sufficient time for the necessary accommodations.

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