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					the      Strawberry
north carolina strawberry association
                                                                                                December, 2008. vol. 14, No. 11

                                             James Cooley
                                             Receives Grower-
                                             of-the-Year Award
                                                 leading South carolina straw-
                                             berry producer James cooley, of
                                             Strawberry Hill, USA in chesnee,
                                             was honored at the annual meeting
                                             of the North carolina Strawberry
                                             Association with its “Grower of
 Referendum Vote                             the Year” Award.
 Approves Increased                              The award was presented
                                             by victor lilley, NcSA board
 Assessment                                  member and president of reddick
     In a referendum held at the North       Fumigants, who has known and
 carolina Strawberry Association’s annu-     worked with James cooley for
 al meeting on November 7, 2008, North       many years.
 carolina strawberry producers approved          In making the award, victor
 a renewal of the North carolina Straw-      highlighted James cooley’s out-
 berry Assessment program, with 82%          standing character as the reason
 of votes in favor of the assessment. The    for his success. “I can honestly         James Cooley receives the Grower-of-the-
 referendum included an increase in the      say I have never met a man as            Year award from Victor Lilley.
 amount of the assessment from $2/1000       courageous, compassionate, honorable           in the farm, of the many enterprises it
 plants to $3/1000 plants. The increase,     and ethical as James cooley, “ said vic-       encompasses, and the ways it engages
 proposed by the board of Directors of       tor. He has respect for everyone – em-         the public.
 the Nc Strawberry Association, reflects     ployees, customers, and vendors, said              The cooley farm was started in the
 the increased reliance of university re-    victor, and has won their trust and admi- early 1900s. James’s father, Frank, and
 search on commodity association funds       ration. He has overcome difficulties in a      his uncle, Ansel, started raising peaches
 and the increased costs for any research    time of trials with a positive attitude.       in 1946. James started farming in 1978
 or promotional activities. virtually all        He is involved in many community           and planted his first crop of strawber-
 funds raised by the assessment are al-      activities and organizations and has           ries in 1995, starting with six acres. The
 located to research. The board strongly     strongly supported and cooperated with         farm now raises more than 70 acres of
 urged growers to support the program.       clemson University and the Nc Straw-           strawberries, 40 acres of blackberries,
     Growers were notified of the assess-    berry Association.                             800 acres of peaches, and more. It also
 ment through a brightly colored insert in       Present to see mr. cooley receive the      has a retail market, a restaurant, and ice
 the Strawberry expo brochures sent to       award were his wife, Kathi; daughters          cream parlor. Patriotism is a theme of
 all Nc growers and through the NcSA         brandi cooley-easler, brooke cooley-           the farm, and eye-catching American
 website and emails. ballots were also       Dearbury, brittani cooley, and bethani         flags are set throughout the strawberry
 sent to Nc extension offices and state      cooley; son-in-law Kyle easler; and            fields.
 farmers markets. Growers could either       grandchildren brooklyn Faith easler and            NcSA members toured the farm
 vote by absentee ballot or at the NcSA      Jameson cooley Dearbury. The whole             in 2001 as part of our Annual meet-
 Annual meeting.                             cooley family worked to keep this award ing tour, and county agents involved in
     by law, assessments are collected       a surprise for James and by all accounts       a training sponsored by the Southern
 by plant sellers and then remitted to       were totally successful in their efforts.      region Small Fruit consortium toured
 NcDA. The assessment is a voluntary             Strawberry Hill, USA was also the          it just before this year’s expo. The farm
 program, however, and Nc growers who        featured farm in that morning’s “Grower        has been featured in Southern Living
 choose not to participate may ask to        Spotlight, with daughter brandi cooley-        magazine in 2003 and 2008 and was
 have their assessments returned. Grow-      easler speaking for the farm. Her multi-       recently the cover story in Fruit Grower
 ers outside North carolina may make         media presentation included videos that        News, copies of which were available at
 voluntary contributions to this program.    the farm uses for promotions and tour          the expo.
     The new assessment rate will go into    groups and gave an impressive picture              congratulations to James cooley, and
 effect for plants sold in 2009.v            of the way the whole family is involved        to the whole cooley family!v
New Board Members                                                                          Highlights from the
                                                          Thank You!
   The Nc Strawberry Association wel-
comes three new board members, elected             The following were sponsors of the      Plant Supply Forum
by acclamation at the NcSA Annual                   2008 Southeast Strawberry expo.        This forum was held on December 8 at the
meeting on November 7. our new board                   We appreciate their support!        Southeast Strawberry Expo. Many thanks
members are David Dycus, bernie Kenan,                         SPONSORS                    to Jeremy Pattison, Strawberry breeding
and Sue leggett.                                              DiamOND LeveL                and genetics, NCSU Kannapolis, NC, for
   David Dycus has been a NcDA&cS                          Dole Food company               writing up this summary.
regional Agronomist based in Sanford                     lassen canyon Nursery                 Discussion was focused around three
for 14 years. For 10 years previously, he                       GOLD LeveL                 primary plant pathogens (anthracnose fruit
worked as horticultural extension agent in             North carolina Farm bureau          and crown rot and Phytophthora crown
lee county. David is a highly respected           Southern region Small Fruit consortium   rot) that have routinely surfaced in grow-
and knowledgeable advisor to growers in                    reddick Fumigants               ers’ nursery and fruiting fields. There is
many counties, and has been both a plan-                   Arysta lifeScience              no doubt that with clonally propagated
ner of and frequent presenter at the Straw-                                                plant material, clean and healthy plant
                                                                SiLveR LeveL
berry expo. In 2003, he received an award                                                  stock is the first defense to maintaining a
                                                         lewis Nursery & Farms
from the Association for his service to the                                                healthy and productive fruit crop; however,
                                                         Hillside orchard Farms
strawberry industry.                                                                       the source and timing of the primary infec-
                                                             Helena chemical
   Bernie Kenan and her husband, James,                                                    tions are elusive targets and are not easily
                                                        cottle Strawberry Nursery
live near Greensboro and have been rais-                                                   addressed. environmental conditions that
                                                             Hendrix & Dail
ing strawberries for 24 years. They started                                                exist within most of the nursery stock-pro-
                                                              Dillman Farm
with a half-acre plot on matted row and                                                    ducing areas of the country all seem to be
                                                        monte Package company
have increased to six acres on plastic. They                                               conducive to one or all three of the above-
                                                      Southern container of Wilson
                                                                                           listed pathogens. The forum allowed for
presently grow their own plugs and plant                       BRONze LeveL                open dialogue among nurserymen, fruit
a combination of chandler and camarosa                  Industrial container corp.         growers and research and extension fac-
strawberries. They run a u-pick, we-pick                   berry Hill Irrigation           ulty to prioritize the leading issues and
operation for strawberries and raise several
                                                                                           develop strategies to consistently produce
different types of produce during the sum-       Treasurer John Hedgecock gave a
mer season.                                  financial report (copies are available on
   Sue Leggett and her husband, brent,       request from the NcSA office).                     Auction Supports
and have been raising strawberries since         Debby Wechsler gave a brief report that           Research
2005 and now have four acres. They also      highlighted the Association’s work to pro-     The silent and live auction at the
raise about 2,500 acres of other crops,      vide infrmation about new ePA fumigant         Strawberry expo raised approximate-
including tobacco, sweet potatoes, cot-      rules to growers, survey grower fumiga-
                                                                                            ly $1,100 in support of strawberry
ton, soybeans, and cucumbers. They live      tion practices, and send comments to ePA
                                                                                            research. Items donated ranged from
in Nashville, and their strawberry farm,     and our congeressional delegation about
                                                                                            useful farm items to blackberry wine to
Airport U-Pick, is in elm city. Sue has a    the rules. She also noted that next year’s
                                                                                            golf balls! many thanks to all who bid
degree in agronomy from NcSU. Her farm expo is scheduled to be held at the Shera-           on the auction items, to our auctioneer
responsibilities include accounting, manag- ton Imperial Hotel in research Triangle         Jim mcDonnal, and to the following
ing the strawberry field, and raising certi- Park, where we have been meeting on an
                                             every-other-year schedule.                     donors:
fied sweet potato plants.                                                                              berry Hill Irrigation
                                                 Jim ballington and Zvezdana Pesic
   leaving the board this fall at the ends                                                          Joyce & Gerald calhoun
                                             vanesbroeck reported on their work as
of their terms are Kenneth rudd (Greens-                                                                  Dillman Farm
                                             funded through NcSA.
boro, Nc), John Hedgecock (Kernersville,                                                    Florida Strawberry Growers Association
                                                 A vote on the assessment referendum
Nc), and David Snelson (leicester, Nc).      was held (see page 1).                                Philip & brenda Hackman
Kenneth has been NcSA president for              The annual meeting was held at the                   H & H Farm machine
the last two years, while John has been      expo luncheon, for which Dole Food                        Industrial container
treasurer. We thank all of them for their    company was a major sponsor. The meal                       Jl belue Farms
dedication and service to the strawberry     also included salad greens and pineapple                   Karma & Jim lee
industry and the Association.                supplied by Dole. We thank the company               ervin & Debbie lineberger
   contact information for all board mem-    for its support!                                      Harold & Patsy lineberger
bers is on the back page of the newsletter.      The NCSA Board of Directors will                    Kenneth & Joan rudd
Other Annual Meeting Business                meet December 15th to choose officers,              Southern container of Wilson
   Kevin Hardison summarized the             set committees, and plan for next year.
                                                                                                         Tiger Industries
Association’s 2008 promotions efforts,       If you have suggestions – especially for
                                                                                                         Debby Wechsler
which included public television ads, bus    marketing efforts or research priorities
                                                                                               Apologies to anyone inadvertently
and mall ads, Strawberry Days at farmers’ – contact a board member or the NCSA
                                                                                                         left off this list.
markets, and more.                           office.
 The Strawberry Grower, December 008
healthy, productive nursery stock.                                                               q If you see powdery mildew, check
•		There is a need for open two-way com-
                                               December–                                           with your agent. Normally this is not
munication between nurserymen and fruit        January                                             considered a serious enough problem to
                                                                                                   require a spray in the fall.
growers; not just among Nc or canada but
                                               Growers                                           q Scout for weeds.
  o This also includes nursery-to-nursery      Checklist                                         q Scout for mites (especially before ap-
    and grower-to-grower talk.                 q Keep deer out of the strawberry patch.            plying row covers).
  o emphasis was placed on not blaming,        q order row covers NoW! If you are re-            q Apply row covers for freeze protection
    but understanding the epidemiology of        lying on covers for most of your spring           if temperatures are heading into the
    the diseases.                                frost and frost/freeze control, a 1.5 oz          teens or lower in early to mid-Dec. by
•		Develop strategies to trace primary           cover is recommended. Using covers                late Dec. chandler can handle tempera-
infections and stop the transfer of infested     may save a lot of water next spring.              tures down to 10oF camarosa is more
material.                                        Also, row covers provide excellent pro-           cold-sensitive than chandler. covers
  o Involve extension agents and special-        tection against severe winter freezes.            may be used as overwinter protection in
    ists in the nursery processes to have a      See                    northern areas and if plants are small.
    ‘hands-on’ and an ‘eyes-on’ approach         frostfreezelist.pdf for a list of suppliers       most growers will not need covers to
    throughout the season.                       of covers and hold-downs.                         boost plant development this year.
  o Develop outreach programming that          q If annual ryegrass was seeded, it may           q Purchase your digital thermometer be-
    provides comprehensive training to           be getting tall with warm fall condi-             fore you need it! calibrate all thermom-
    nurserymen, including scouting pro-          tions. It is getting too tall when it reach-      eters to read a true 32oF in an ice bath.
    cedures, pathogen identification, and        es 10 inches. A spray with Poast to             q monitor weather forecasts closely
    reduced risk best management practices       stunt the annual ryegrass but not to kill         – consider a subscription to a custom
    (bmPs).                                      it may be a good strategy. lower rates            weather report/service.
•		Develop nursery protocols to perform          of Poast can be very effective. contact         q check all equipment, including sprayer
‘grow-out’ assays to evaluate the health         your agent for more information.                  (replace hoses, etc.).
of the nursery stock. Nathan moss              q If you are seeing fresh dug or plug             q Subscribe to berry-mg electronic ad-
(Norton creek Farm) gave an excellent            plants that have not grown off well,              visories for strawberry plasticulture
example describing how he sends material         get them sent to PcIc at NcSU for a               growers. Step 1 - send an email to:
to Florida prior to digging to test in the       proper diagnosis. A correct diagnosis    Step 2 - put
hot humid conditions to monitor disease          is critical to differentiating anthracnose        a one line in the body of the message
development.                                     crown rot from crown rot caused by                that says: subscribe berry-mgv
  o can we initiate a collaboration with         Phytophthora cactorum.
    someone in Florida on a contractual ba-
    sis to perform unbiased grow-out tests?
                                               omil to deal with Phytophthora infested            to hedge against resistance build-up.
    How to sample adequately?
                                               fruiting fields on a routine basis raised the  •	land rotation may be an effective
•	 Determine how to feasibly sample the        concern of resistance development.             method of management in the fruiting
scale of the industry to say with confi-         o As more Phytophthora-infected              field for anthracnose crown rot as it is
dence that the supply is clean.                    material is distributed to fruiting fields,not a soil persistent organism. Timely
  o Technology is available to sample              inoculum levels will rise and make         crop destruction and soil conditions that
    minute pathogen presence but the dif-          ridomil common on more farms.              maximize decomposition of the crown and
    ficulty is in overcoming the probability     o This is not an adequate strategy as        plant material will hasten the removal of
    of false negatives due to the plant num-       Phytophthora organisms are long-lived,     local field inoculum.
    bers present in a certified field.             persistent soil inhabitants. Soil fumiga-    o What about the local reservoir of
•		Thorough inspection and random sam-             tion will knock down levels but not            inoculum housed on alternative hosts?
pling of material at time of delivery may          eliminate the problem.                         The epidemiological significance of
be adequate to catch some problems but           o rotation is also not a very likely strat-      alternative hosts is unclear.
not all. There needs to be a continuum of          egy with such a long-lived organism
                                                                                              •	The new role of the mPU was mentioned
scouting and sampling. The scale issue,            (10+ years?).
                                                                                              as the unit will no longer be providing
however, is still a challenge.                 •		The intensity of pesticide usage and the    field-grown foundation plants. Founda-
•		If suspect material is obtained for the     overlap of chemistry in the nursery and        tion level plant material will be sold as
fruiting field, precautionary dips with fun-   fruiting field raised concerns regarding       greenhouse-grown, potted plants for a fee
gicides and their efficacy were discussed.     resistance development and loss of chem-       to nurseries that will then be responsible
•		Practice sanitation procedures to mini-     istries.                                       for increasing plant numbers on-farm to
mize inoculum build-up in nursery sites.         o Discussion went on to highlight that       achieve registered and certified level stock.
  o complete crop destruction and re-              alternative chemistries are available for
                                                                                              •		long term approach will rely heavily
    moval of infected blocks.                      anthracnose management that may, with
                                                                                              upon the development of new cultivars that
  o Sanitize equipment.                            intensive persuasion, be granted a spe-
                                                                                              are agronomically competitive with high
                                                   cial-use permit for nursery production
•		chemical control strategies with rid-                                                      levels of disease resistance.v
                                                                                      The Strawberry Grower, December 008 
Notes from the008
Strawberry Expo Tour
   It was a gorgeous day for a tour – warm and
very sunny. Here are some informal and incom-
plete notes. Many thanks to all our hosts who
worked to organize the tour!
First Stop: NC Research Campus
   Kannapolis is an old mill town, and as the
textile industry left the region, the mills closed
down. Hundreds of acres of downtown Kan-
napolis once covered with mill buildings have
been razed for the new research campus, and
a cluster of stately brick buildings is now being
built. our tour visited the rotunda of the core
laboratories, where we were impressed by the                           In the PYO field at Patterson Farm. Behind our group is the large
fruit and vegetable mural high above and shiny                         old barn the Pattersons use for school tour groups.
marble floors below, and heard about the grand plans for this new      ment to its PYo visitors on the weekend. last year was the first
institution. The strawberry breeding effort led by new strawberry      year they started charging admission of $8.00/person on fall
breeder Jeremy Pattison is based here, as are programs in food         weekends.
safety and value-added/alternative agriculture. (learn more about          “Paw Paw carl’s Playground” has an inspired collection of
these at                                           activities and facilities: hayrides, a picnic area, corn pits where
Second Stop: Patterson Farm                                            kids can stomp around in a deep bed of nubbly shelled corn, lots
                                                                       of things to climb on, a “cow milking area” where kids can try
   Patterson Farm was started in 1919, first raising row crops.
                                                                       their hand milking water from a cheerfully painted cow made
Since the 1930s, it has predominantly been a tomato farm, but
                                                                       of an old drum, rubber-ducky races (which team will pump the
also raises strawberries, pumpkins, sweet corn, cantaloupes, and
                                                                       water faster?), animals to feed (with a high bridge for the goats).
poinsettias. The Pattersons have 40 acres in strawberries this year.
                                                                       Weekend visitors are offered face painting and a tomato slingshot
They recently started a landscaping operation, growing trees and
                                                                       (this is definitely a way to add value to a box of tomatoes, points
shrubs, and also do tomato repacking for other farms. Their only
                                                                       out Doug).
down time is January! This is the third generation running the
                                                                           The farm has employed H2A workers since 1992 and still has
farm: Doug Patterson is responsible for marketing and sales; his
                                                                       a lot of the same workers coming back. “We give them a radio
wife, michelle, manages the tours and the market; randall Pat-
                                                                       and a key to the truck, and tell them to go to work,” says Doug.
terson is responsible for production, and his wife, Nora, manages
                                                                       They hire high school kids to do grading and work in the market,
the office.
                                                                       and the packing house crew is mostly local.
   The farm hosts school groups both spring and fall; fall is the
                                                                           A five-acre field close to the market and playground is their
busier season, with over 20,000 kids visiting the farm between
                                                                       PYo field and has been in strawberries since 1986. Plants this
mid-September and late November. Part of a large haybarn has
                                                                       year were bare root plants from PeI, 65% camarosa, and 35%
been modified as an auditorium –its stacked hay-bale risers seat
                                                                       chandler. row covers have made all the difference for them
up to 250. Here, the Pattersons show each group an educational
                                                                       in increasing the yield in camarosa—some years they surpass
video and talk about the farm before their outdoor activities,
                                                                       chandler in yield. With rowcovers, the camarosas come in 2-3
which include a splendid playground and a hands-on activity such
                                                                       weeks earlier than the chandlers (this year, they started harvest-
as making a scarecrow. Tours range from $3.00 to $7.50/child,
                                                                       ing April 20).They put rowcovers on in the fall, take them off in
depending on the package. Patterson Farm also offers entertain-
                                                                       December, put them on again in January, and take off in February
                                                                       to spray for mites and with Poast if needed, then reapply if needed
                                                                       for cold snaps. .last year, they didn’t plant the field until octo-
                                                                       ber 20, but it took off and caught up well. They use a heavy-duty
                                                                       dripline, rolling it up every year—it lasts many years. Water is
                                                                       from spring-fed irrigation ponds. They use ridomil after planting
                                                                       for phytophthora. A few years ago they used GPS soil tests to do
                                                                       precision fertilizer recommendations and applications; they were
                                                                       able to find areas that needed special attention. They will likely
                                                                       do this again soon.
                                                                           Patterson Farm picks strawberries into 4-quart cardboard bas-
                                                                       kets with wooden handles. The Pattersons like the way these look

                                                                        See these photos in color in the on-line version in the
                                                                        “members only” section of lette, or
Tour participants Jay and Jamie Willard check out the ice cream at      sign up to receive the newsletter via email (pdf file).
the Patterson Farm Market.
   The Strawberry Grower, December 008
and they have the labor to put them together in the winter. “We’ve
always been conservative about going up on prices,” notes Doug,
“but last year, we started up at $8.00/box, then fuel went up, so
we shut down one week, and opened up on monday at $9/box,
and no one complained.” This year they went up to $10/4-quart
box. There wasn’t a lot of complaint, but they didn’t sell as much,
though that may have been the general economy not the price. It
is usually $2/box cheaper for PYo, but they are thinking of charg-
ing the same for PYo. “We need to get more out of our crop; it
is costing more,” says Doug. They don’t distinguish the varieties,
but will tell people if they ask. They wholesale to supermarkets
in clamshells (some flats of 12 pint, some of 8 quarts). eight little
red buildings now scattered around the farm are put out into lo-
cal towns during harvest season as satellite stands and staffed by
senior citizens.At the satellite stands, they sell about 100 – 200
baskets a day. Doug noted that by keeping detailed records over
the last four years, he can reliably predict how many to send out
each week to each location. They try to sell out every day, and
donate any leftover fruit to the rowan county mission.
    our final stop at the farm was the Patterson Farm market,
where tourgoers could enjoy refreshments, indulge in ice cream,
or buy products to take home. See the pictures for some of the
features of the Patterson Farm; and visit www.pattersonfarminc.
com to learn more.
Third Stop: Piedmont Research Station
   This is one of 18 stations in the NcDA/NcSU research station
partnership. Dr. ballington has been doing breeding research here
and is in the third year of high tunnel research. He is interested
in seeing how early he can get production in the fall and in get-
ting plants to bear all winter. Using a combination of rowcovers
and miniwobbler irrigation inside the tunnels helps with severe
cold snaps. The tunnels create “Florida-like conditions” and the
Florida varieties seem to do well. Strawberry Festival seems the
best variety under cover for December/January berries.
   barclay Poling is also doing research here, using Strawberry
Festival in several studies: comparing the performance of plants
from different sources, at various generations removed from tis-
sue culture, and some that had been covered over in the nursery to
                                              Continued next page
To left from top: Patterson Farm’s cows for beginning milkers; the
duck races (teams pump water to see who can move their duck
fastest), a very good use of old tires, and a corn pit. Corn in the pit
is about a foot deep. Below, the Patterson Farm Market.

                                                                          The Strawberry Grower, December 008   
                                                                                               Expo Jam & Preserves
                                                                                               Contest Awards
                                                                                                   This year, at the Strawberry expo, the
                                                                                               Strawberry Association conducted its first-
                                                                                               ever Strawberry Jam & Preserves contest.
                                                                                               Products were separated into two catego-
                                                                                               ries, grower-produced and commercially
                                                                                               produced by companies that provide pri-
                                                                                               vate label products for retail farm markets.
                                                                                               There were five grower-produced entries
                                                                                               and eight commercial products from five
                                                                                               different companies.
                                                                                                   The products were first judged by a
                                                                                               panel of judges: Sally mcNeill, Nc co-
                                                                                               operative extension Home economics
                                                                                               agent in Union county; megan lambert,
                                                                                               baking instructor at in the college of cu-
                                                                                               linary Arts Johnson & Wales University in
                                                                                               charlotte, and from the Hilton charlotte
Jim Ballington explains his research in a high tunnel at the Piedmont Research                 University Place, mike masri, Director
Station. Dark and light mulch film are being used.                                             of Food and beverage and lolo morales,
                                                                                               banquet Sous chef. Judges rated products
Expo Tour             Continued from previous page                                             on flavor, texture and appearance. Their
manipulate day length. He also has an outside study applying row covers at four different      comments noted observations such as
times on camarosa berries. bramble breeder Gina Fernandez has blackberry and rasp-             “beautiful bright color” or “fresh strawber-
berry research and breeding trials here, both under tunnels and in the field. The cooler       ry flavor” or “tasted like homemade” on
conditions and less intense light of the tunnels make for better fruit quality and longer      the positive or “had an overcooked flavor”
season for the bramble fruit.                                                                  or “ “not much strawberry flavor” on the
   We enjoyed walking through the tunnels, admiring the glossy green strawberry plants         negative. one of the hotel judges said of
and restraining ourselves from tasting their ripe fruit (which we couldn’t eat because it      the winning home-made product, “I want
needed to be weighed.)                                                                         to get this for my hotel.”
   The visit to the station wrapped up with a choice of a tour of other parts of the station       After the judging was complete, we put
or an excellent presentation on fumigant safety and equipment modifications by victor          out all the products with lots of crackers so
lilley as dusk was falling on a beautiful day.v                                                all conference participants could taste test
                                                                                               them. Forms were provided for anyone
                                                                                               who wanted to report their comparisons.
                                                                                               While many people tried the products, we
                                                                                               only received enough comments to declare
                                                                                               a “People’s choice” winner in the home-
                                                                                               made products category.
                                                                                               And the Winners Are
                                                                                               Judges’ Choice, Home-Made Products
                                                                                                 • First Place: brenda Hackman, Hack-
                                                                                                 man’s Strawberries, margarettsville, Nc
                                                                                                 • Second Place: David Anderson, cala-
                                                                                                 han Farms, mocksville, Nc
                                                                                                 • Third Place: Karma lee, buckwheat
                                                                                                 Farm, Apex, Nc.
                                                                                               Judges’ Choice, Commercial Products
                                                                                                 • First Place: mccutcheon’s Strawberry
                                                                                                 Preserves, Frederick, mD
    Congratulations to Cal Lewis, who received the 2008 Department of Horticultural              • Second Place coopers mill Strawberry
    Science outstanding Alumnus Award. A 1977 alumnus of NcSU, cal is President of               Preserves, bucyrus, oH
    lewis Nursery & Farms, which grows about 350 acres of blueberries, 100 acres of              • Third Place, braswell’s organic Straw-
    strawberries, 12 acres of blackberries, 40 acres of strawberry plants, and 150 acres         berry Preserves, Statesboro, GA
    of bell peppers. Shown above at the award reception on october 3, are NcSA exec.           People’s Choice, Home-made Products
    Secretary Debby Wechsler, award winner cal lewis, and barclay Poling and Jim                 • Karma lee - Karma lee, buckwheat
    ballington from NcSU. Photo by Gina Fernandez.                                               Farm, Apex, Nc.

     The Strawberry Grower, December 008
   All winners received certificates First-   Fruit wanted: Kittles cooked Food, a
place winners brenda Hackman and
Karma lee both received elegant kitchen
                                              specialty broker/distributer dealing pri-
                                              marily in organic and all-natural products,
spatulas as prizes.v                          is looking for quality fresh and frozen       December 2-3 – Southeast Vegetable &
   On Saturday, John Rushing of the           strawerries, rasperries, blackberies, and     Fruit Expo, myrtle beach, Sc. For info,
NCSU Department of Food Science led           blueberries. contact Pete Kittle, 214-566-    call 919-334-0099 or visit
a session on Starting a Food Processing       9735 or, 7452
Business. Copies of his presentation are                                                    December 8-9 – North American Rasp-
                                              Walling lane, Dallas, TX 75231.               berry & Blackberry Conference, in
availabe from NCSA. One resource he en-
courages farm processors to visit is www.                                                   Grand rapids, mI, as part of the Great                                                                      lakes expo. For more information, email
                                                Will you have fall and            
                                                 winter strawberries                        January 8 - 11, 2009 – Southeast Re-
 S H O RT TA K E S                                     for sale?
                                                                                            gional Fruit & Vegetable Conference,
                                                                                            Savannah, Georgia. Includes strawberry
Research Stations: The Nc Department            Please let the Nc Strawberry Associa-       conference. For more information, visit
of Agriculture invites input into develop-      tion know – we’d like to put a list of, email or
                                                farms with off-season berries on our        call 706-845-8200 or 877-994-3842.
ing a comprehensive strategic plan for
managing its research stations. Its primary     website.                                    January 19-21, 2009 – NASGA confer-
objectives are to enhance efficiency, im-                                                   ence. See box below.
prove effectiveness, and modernize facili-                                                  March 3, 2009 – Virginia Beach Straw-
ties for research. The following regional                                                   berry Meeting. contact cal Schiemann,
meetings have been scheduled to receive                                                     757-385-8139 or
public comments:                                                                            March 20-21, 2009 – Arkansas Straw-
    Dec. 10, 6 pm, Tidewater research Sta-                                                  berry Association Meeting, little rock,
tion, Plymouth, 252-793-4118.                                                               Ar. contact Jim Goodson, 501-951-6830.
    Dec. 16, 6 pm. Wake county office              Not a Member of the                      Please send Calendar Items or Buy & Sell
Park commons building, raleigh, 919-              Strawberry Association?                   notices by the 25th of the previous month.
250-1000                                       contact the NcSA office at info@
    Jan. 14, 1 pm. mountain research Sta-
                                                                                            Happy Holidays!
                                      or 919-542-4076, or
tion, Waynesville, 828-456-3943.               download a membershp form from the
Midas Registration renewed: In octo-           website,
ber, the ePA renewed the registration for
mIDAs, a fumigant produced by Arysta
lifeScience. Previously midas had had a        NASGA to Meet in
one-year registration.                         New Orleans
                                                   The North American Strawberry Growers As-
 Want Proceedings?                             sociation will hold its 2009 Annual meeting in New
                                               orleans January 19-21, 2009. The host hotel is the
    expo Proceedings are available! You
                                               historic Hotel monteleone, located on royal Street
 can order them with your membership
                                               in the French Quarter, just a block from the sights and sounds of bourbon Street and
 renewal or just contact the NcSA office
                                               world famous canal Street.
 to order. The cost is $10.00, postage
                                                   The final day of the conference is a tour of the farms of louisiana strawberry
 included. We’ll also include a copy of
                                               producers and visiting with louisiana growers. To see the details of the schedule and
 the 24-page expo program, while they
                                               program and to register, visit
 last...we’ve only got about a dozen left.

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                                                                                   The Strawberry Grower, December 008                
          2009 NCSA Board of Directors                               The North Carolina Strawberry Association
    (Officers not yet chosen)                                        Debby Wechsler, Executive Secretary
                                  Mike Skinner
    Tom Baker                     4064 NC 903 S.                     1138 Rock Rest Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
    2060 Vaughan Rd.              Winterville, NC 28590              phone: 919-542-4037 fax: 866-511-6660 (toll-free)
    Virginia Beach, VA 23457      252-714-3848                       e-mail:
    757-721-0558                  Jim Warenda                        website:
    David Dycus                   7802 Sadie Rd.
    250 Dycus Rd.                 Kenly, NC 27542              This newsletter is a benefit of membership in the association. For more
    Sanford, NC 27330             252-237-1260
    919-776-9338                                               information about membership or the association, or to submit an ar-
    Sam Harrell                                                ticle to the newsletter, contact Debby Wechsler, Executive Secretary, at
                                  Jim Ballington
    3500 NC Hwy 133               NCSU, Box 7609               the above address.
    Rocky Point, NC 28457         Raleigh, NC 27695
    919-675-2394                                               Newsletter Schedule: The Strawberry Grower is published monthly.
    Bernie Kenan                                               The deadline for newsletter material is the 24th of the preceeding
                                  Gina Fernandez
    6126 KJonquil Drive           NCSU, Box 7609               month – call first if you want to send in something after that date.
    Greensboro, NC 27407          Raleigh, NC 27695
    336-852-1594                  919-513-7416
                                                               Advertising rates:
    Sue Leggett                                                      $25/issue for a business-card size ad
                                  Kevin Hardison
    3593 W. Old Spring Hope Rd.   NCDAMarketing Division             $50 for 1/4 page
    Nashville, NC 27856
                                  1020 Mail Service Center           $80 for 1/2 page
                                  Raleigh, NC 27699                  $135 for full page.
    Victor Lilley                 919-733-7136
    3002 W. Main St.                                                 Word ads: $.50/word
                                  Zvezdana Pesic vanEsbroeck
    Williamston, NC 27892         NCSU Box 7616                All ads should be camera-ready; additional charges may apply for
    252-792-1633                  Raleigh, NC 27695            typesetting and layout. See deadlines above. For more information,
    Doug Patterson                919-515-7781                 please contact Debby Wechsler, phone 919-542-4037 or e-mail:
    3060 Millbridge Rd.
    China Grove, NC 28023
                                  Barclay Poling     
                                  NCSU, Box 7609
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                                                               TO BE RELIABLE BUT ITS ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, AND
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                                                               RELIED ON AS A SOLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION.

    North Carolina Strawberry Association, Inc.
    118 Rock Rest Rd.
    Pittsboro, NC 1

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