Using high tunnels to produce blackberries organically in West Virginia

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2008: $6,318.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Dr. Lewis Jett
West Virginia University

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (brambles)


  • Crop Production: fertigation, nutrient cycling, relay cropping
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, integrated pest management, row covers (for pests)
  • Production Systems: holistic management, organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems

    Proposal summary:

    High-tunnel use is not widespread in this part of the region, and the farmer will use one to demonstrate how to grow organic blackberries, a high-value and popular small fruit. Because blackberries are perennials, they will be container-grown to allow them to be moved in and out of the high tunnel as the seasons change. Eight varieties of thorn-free blackberries will be evaluated, and a budget developed for organic high tunnel blackberries. Outreach will be through an extension tour, a field day, and a project summary that will be made available through extension.

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