STRAWBERRY PLANTS FOR SALE!
Fresh-Pik Produce, Inc. (Kenly, NC)
Contact: Jim Warenda
Office: 252-237-1260 / Cell: 252-205-2783
Camino Real- 59,000
Lewis Nursery & Farms (Wilmington, NC)
Contact: Cal Lewis
Phone: (910)675-2394 / (910)452-9659
Trimmed California Camarosa – 80,000
Lassen Canyon Nursery (Redding, CA)
Contact: Nancy Jimenez
Phone: 530-638-8284 (direct line)
Cut-offs Available – Good quantities left of all these varieties (10/12/20):
Phillips Farm of Cary
Contact: Melissa Phillips
39 extra trays of Camarosa
Contact plant suppliers directly to get an update on their availability.
If you would like help advertising your extra plants, please email Kristy Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include the following: number of plants, varieties (ex: camarosa cutoffs or plugs), contact name, phone number and email.
Listen to an interview with Jim Warenda on the unique challenges of the pandemic and long-standing disruption of markets and supply chains for farm products. Jim Warenda is a farmer and the President of the NC Strawberry Association: Please click below to listen to the PodCast from September 3, 2020
2020 Webinars and Presentations
Regional Strawberry Pre-Plant Meeting held on August 26, 2020
Webinar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2LdmHipbNM
Dr. Mark Hoffmann, Small Fruits Extension Specialist -NCSU
Dr. Hannah Burrack, Professor of Entomology & Extension Specialist -NCSU
Dr. Katie Jennings, Associate Professor Weed Science-NCSU
Dr. Bill Cline, Entomology & Plant Pathology Extension Specialist -NCSU
Dr. Gina Fernandez, Small Fruits Extension Specialist -NCSU
Pre-Plant 2020 Breeding Overview
Hosted by Franklin & Nash County Centers of NC Cooperative Extension
Dear Strawberry Community,
After close consultation with our board of directors, advisors and partners in the strawberry industry, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our Southeast Strawberry Expo. This was originally scheduled to be held in Asheville in November 2020. The health and safety of our growers and partners is our highest priority.
We would like to thank all our members and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. Having spent the past year preparing for the annual conference with our expo planning committee, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely disappointed that we are not able to host this event.
The expo planning committee will continue working to finalize the details for prerecorded virtual sessions. We will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for our upcoming 2021 and 2022 Southeast Strawberry Expo’s (see details below).
Our Annual Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 5th at 2pm (via zoom). Please stay safe and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Jim Warenda, Fresh-Pik Produce, Wilson, NC
President, NC Strawberry Association
“SAVE THE DATE”
~ 2021 SE Strawberry Expo (November 2021)
Virginia Beach, VA – more details coming soon
~ 2022 SE Strawberry Expo (November 9-11, 2022)
Asheville, NC – Crowne Plaza Asheville
Here are the recordings from August 10, 2020 Strawberry Pre-Plant Meeting:
Recorded on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanovervce/videos/2734688606805610/
And YouTube: https://youtu.be/aWj3In6casA
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 – email@example.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.
Below please find the latest resources for growers on Covid-19 for farmers markets and U-pick operations from Ben Chapman.
We have a Farmers Market and U-Pick guidance information sheet that has been peer-reviewed
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,
Agricultural Marketing Specialist
NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
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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/