5th Annual Strawberry Variety & Advanced Selection Field Day

5th Annual Strawberry Variety & Advanced Selection “Virtual” Field Day

Date:  Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time:  2:00 PM

https://www.flavorfirst.com/2020-field-day (link to watch the recorded webinar)

If you were not able to join us for the 5th Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Field Day, you are welcome to watch the recorded webinar by clinking on the link above!

 

GET YOUR 2020 PROMOTIONAL CATALOG!

Place your order TODAY!  Order signs, Strawberry Time coloring books and other promotional materials from the NC Strawberry Association

We print materials based on pre-orders from our growers in March so we may not be able to fulfill late orders.  Click on links below to download PDF order form and catalog.

Promotional Items Catalog 2020

Promotional Items ORDER FORM 2020

EMAIL order form to Kristy Phillips – info@ncstrawberry.com

or MAIL order form to NCSA, PO Box 543, Siler City, NC  27344

NEW COLORING BOOK!  In 2018, the Marketing Committee developed a new edition of our “Strawberry Time” coloring book. The new book is the same size, with the same number of pages, but features a brand new full color cover.  It tells the story of the strawberry plant from fall planting to spring harvest.  The book now includes pages that encourage handwashing before picking fruit in the field and washing fruit before eating it at home.  Also tips on how to pick strawberries were added.  Each page has new black and white drawings to color and the activities in the back of the book are all new as well.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Below please find the latest resources for growers on Covid-19 for farmers markets and U-pick operations from Ben Chapman.

https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/

We have a Farmers Market and U-Pick guidance information sheet that has been peer-reviewed

Farmers-Market_COVID-19_031320

U-Pick-Farms_COVID-19_031620

Mass-Gatherings-Document_FINAL

Interim Guidance for Migrant Farm Workers_031320

Additional information that might be of interest……

FARI will be offering mini-grants that may help some of our strawberry growers/agritourism farms during this time.

“RAFI-USA will be offering emergency mini-grants for farmers who have experienced a drastic loss of income as a result of the virus and need immediate assistance for household expenses. Please sign up here to receive updates via email, or check our social media channels for updates (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).”

More details here: https://www.rafiusa.org/blog/rafi-usas-response-to-covid-19/

 

Produce Availability Service to Growers

NC Strawberry Growers,

NCDA is aware that farmers have seen disruptions in their normal distribution during this period of COVID-19 and social distancing. Retailers have seen panic buying patterns and are challenged to keep produce in stock and merchandised. If you are a NC grower of produce and looking to sell products that you don’t have a market for, we want to know. We will be compiling information, from NC growers, to distribute to major retailers on a weekly basis. This is not to be used as an alternate for markets that you already have. This service is set up to help those who don’t have markets to sell what they would normally. Call us weekly to update your availability and be listed in the distribution. This service will last until we no longer see a major need from the growers or interest from the retailers. Please open the attached letter to see all relevant information.

 

The contact for strawberries is myself, Christina Harvey. My work number is 984-302-2310. If you are a grower who does not have markets to sell what you normally would, please reach out.

 

Thank you and stay safe,

 

Christina Harvey

Agricultural Marketing Specialist

NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

1020 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1020

Office: 919.707.3147

Cell: 984.302.2310

 

 

New to Agritourism in North Carolina?

New to Agritourism? This webinar is for you.

Agritourism in North Carolina: The Benefits, Critical Success Factors and Marketing: (Recorded live on May 30, 2018). Agribusiness is North Carolina’s top industry.  North Carolina is also a leader in Agritourism.  Learn about the benefits of Agritourism, or welcoming visitors to the farm, the critical success factors and marketing opportunities for farmers.  Most importantly, learn how the collective force of rural assets of agriculture, local food and tourism, matched with economic development strategies, has limitless potential to boost community vibrancy across the state.

How Beneficial is Agritourism? North Carolina Farmers and Residents Respond

Agritourism, Farm Visits, Agro-Tourism— Oh My! Do Farmers, Residents, and Extension Faculty Speak the Same Language?

Agritourism in North Carolina: Comparison Report of 2005 and 2012 Survey Results

Agritourism in North Carolina: Summary of Pilot Study Results.

Visit NCDA&CS website at http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agritourism/