Intermediate Grape Grower Workshop at Chesapeake College

The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension is offering a one-day regional workshop for grape growers in Maryland. This course continues where the New Grower Workshops left off, offering a detailed description of viticultural practices for commercial vineyards. Topics will include managing and following vineyard expenses, canopy management (including pruning, shoot thinning, and vine training), crop management (including estimation, cluster thinning, and sampling), vineyard floor management (including herbicides), making harvest decisions, and of course, pest management (equipment, insects, and diseases). This seminar is a good overview of what is involved in producing high quality fruit in Maryland. Speakers will include Extension Educators and Specialists from Maryland Cooperative Extension as well as consultants and commercial vineyard mangers in Maryland.

If you are considering planting a vineyard, or you have just recently done so, you will benefit from the information provided in this course. The workshop is classroom format with a lot of time for Q&A. The cost of the seminar has been reduced to $35 for Maryland residents ($75 for non-residents) thanks to subsidies from the grants from the MWA/MGGA via the Governor’s Commission on Grapes and Wine.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Place: Chesapeake Community College
Kent Humanities Building H-117
Wye Mills MD
(Intersection of Route 50 and 213)
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (please arrive at 8:00 a.m. – coffee & donuts available)
Cost: $35 for Maryland residents (This includes lunch, breaks, handouts, and other program costs.) $75 for non-residents.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. (Use the attached registration form). The deadline for registration is March 15. Late registration or at the door fee is $50 for Maryland Residents and $85 for non Maryland Residents, if space allows.

Cancellation policy: Registration cancellations received by March 15, 2009 will be fully refunded. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN MARCH 15, 2009 OR AFTER.

Local accommodations:

Sleep Inn, Grasonville 410-827-5555
Best Western, Grasonville 410-827-6767
Hilton Garden Inn, Grasonville 410-827-3877

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Dill
Talbot County Cooperative Extension


Joe Fiola
301-432-2767 ext. 344