Small fruit

Present at the 2018 Small Fruit Conference, Patrick Moore is now on the verge of retiring as a WSU berry breeder.

It’s all Dec. 4-6 at fairgrounds

LYNDEN ­— Now a tradition, the ninth annual Washington Small Fruit Conference, together with the Lynden Ag Show of vendors and equipment, takes place on Dec. 4-6 again in the Washington Tractor Arena of the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.

This year brings some special additions, says  one of the organizers, Chris Benedict of the Washington State University Whatcom County Extension.

As always, the conference is the occasion for  the annual meetings of the Washington Red Raspberry and Washington Blueberry commissions. On the schedule, these are the first items at the beginning (8 a.m.) of both Wednesday and Thursday.

The heart of the conference is to share the latest research, news and developments in small fruit production in the Pacific Northwest, and the ag show is the largest agricultural one of its kind in western Washington, with over 45 vendors present.

That’s going on in Lynden is live-streamed to locations in Prosser and Vancouver, Washington. 

Admission is now $110 to the whole three days, with registration possible at https://www.wasmallfruit.com/. At the door admission will be $130. For more information in general, go to the same website.

With any program questions, contact chrisbenedict@wsu.edu. For help with registration, contact stacey@red-raspberry.org.

Also, by popular demand a vendor raffle during the social hour is back. However, tickets are limited to only those people who have visited the trade show rather than included in the registration packet. Some items in the raffle will be dinner for two, sports tickets, fertilizer for one acre, and electronic gizmos such as iPads, a smart phone and a GoPro camera. Email stacey@agwaterboard.com or call 360-854-8767 with a contribution or any questions or suggestions.