2023 Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers’ Conference & Trade Show: We’re Back!

UConn Extension’s 2023 Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers’ Conference
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Trade Show: 8:00-8:55, 10:00-10:45, 12:00 -1:00
8:00-8:55 Registration, breakfast, socialize, visit trade show

Morning Moderator – Mary Concklin, Fruit Extension Specialist Emeritus, UConn
8:55 Welcome: Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean of CAHNR, UConn
9:00 Nutrient management in sweet corn George Hamilton, Emeritus Professor, UNH
9:30 Vegetable benefits and disease control of nanotechnology Wade Elmer, CAES
10:00 Announcements
10:15 Break (trade show/coffee &tea)
10:45 Plug strawberries VS bare root strawberries – pros and cons of both Tim Nourse, Nourse Farms11:15 Small scale bean threshing project with UConn engineering students Susan Mitchell,
Cloverleigh Farm
11:35 Trap crop- UConn research update Ana Legrand, UConn
11:50 New opportunities to sell to K-12 schools and early care providers. Jiff Martin, UConn
12:00-1:00 Lunch break/trade show
Afternoon Moderator – Shuresh Ghimire, Vegetable Extension Specialist, UConn
1:00 Winter Growing in low tunnels. Robert Durgy, CAES
1:30 Drone imaging to monitor potato leafhopper damage in the field. Chandi Witharana, UConn1:45 Strawberries and irrigation/fertigation Trevor Hardy and Zoe Stapp, Brookdale Fruit Farm2:15 Ozone microbubble for produce safety Abhinav Upadhyay, UConn
2:30 No-till and soil health growers’ panel Jamie Jones, Jones Family Farm, Bryan O’Hara, Tobacco Road Farm, others TBD
3:30 Pesticide recertification credits and socialize: 4 CEU to be confirmed


Regular: Early Bird (prior to 12/29) $50.00 (+$1.00 processing fee)
After 12/29 $70.00 same day registration will be available, cash or check only

Student: Early Bird (prior to 12/29) $30.00
After 12/29: $50.00, same day registration will be available, cash or check only. You MUST
present your school or student ID when you check in the day of the event.

Trade Show: We have 30-35 tables available for a
trade show held during the conference for
$130.00 per table. Tables will be first come,
first serve basis, and have sold out in the
past. Register at


Contact tolland@uconn.edu 860 875-3331 if you have any questions.