Investigating the Commercial Viability of Growing Organic Black Currants in the Northeast

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $1,080.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
John Hayden
The Farm Between

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: oats
  • Fruits: general small fruits


  • Crop Production: cover crops
  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: value added
  • Pest Management: mulches - killed
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Black currants are hardy and have the potential to diversify farms and improve profitability. The farmer will integrate black currants into an operation that includes poultry, blueberries, vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. He will sell the currants wholesale but also explore pick-your-own and adding value by making black currant jam. He will also work with a local winery to see if the currants can be used there. He will note which varieties seem the most suited for the climate and which produce the best juice, wine, and jelly. The farmer will host a field day and develop a handout on black current cultivation.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.