On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, the 2011 Blackberry and Raspberry Workshop will be held at the Upper Mountain Research Station, in Laurel Springs, NC (Ashe County). Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Participants will have the chance to see new varieties of blackberries and raspberries growing in field and hoop house environments, and learn from some of the foremost researchers in the region. Dr. Gina Fernandez will teach about blackberry and raspberry production in and out of tunnels. Dr. Hannah Burrack will lead discussions of caneberry insect management, and Dr. Penny Perkins-Veazie will instruct on post-harvest handling of caneberries. Classes and tours will be followed by a taste test of varieties grown on the station, and barbecue lunch. For more information, or to sign-up, call UMRS Station Director Ray Horton at 704-904-4117 or UMRS Administrative Assistant Margaret Blevins at 336-982-2501.