MANCHESTER, NH – In mid-December, thousands of growers from across New England came together in downtown Manchester to learn and discuss what’s new in the fruit and vegetable industry.
The three-day event, running Dec. 13 – 15, offered a trade show, educational sessions and industry awards. After hosting a virtual conference in 2021, the turnout for 2022 was spectacular, with many sessions having standing room only.
The conference boasted an impressive 57 speakers on everything from cut flowers and cucurbits to irrigation and pesticide use. The educational sessions also offered Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) credits as well as Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits for those that attended.
In between learning sessions, attendees could visit the trade show where there were over 120 vendors in the Expo Center. The conference also included Farmer-to-Farmer sessions where growers from all backgrounds could discuss their personal findings and stories of what they’ve found works best and why.
The New England Vegetable and Fruit conference began in 1979, occurring every odd year to not interfere with the New England Greenhouse Growers Conference, which occurs every other year on even years. Visit NewEnglandVFC.org for information on the next conference.
Photos by Michael Wren and Becky Veldman