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Blueberry and blackberry tours, tastings planned
- Published on 05/06/2011 - 1:33 pm
- Written by Business Journal staff
A blueberry and blackberry field tour is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, departing from the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier.
The tour, sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension, Tulare County, and the UC Small Farm Program, will stop at small and large farms and packing facilities; van transportation is available for 20 people, while a caravan will be arranged for the rest of the group. The cost is $20 to $35.
Topics to be addressed include blackberry sunburn protection, blueberry field design, soil and water acidity and blueberry packing and cooling.
A subsequent blueberry and blackberry field day event is planned from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Parlier center, at 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., eight miles from Highway 99’s exit at Manning Avenue. A tour of blueberry trials and demonstrations is on the menu, along with tastings of about 50 blueberry and blackberry varieties. The cost is $25 to $35.
Presentations by blueberry experts and UC researchers will take place, and educators from the University of North Carolina will attend. That school’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention researches sustainable agriculture practices.
Those interested in the events can register online at http://ucanr.org/bbd