UMaine Extension hosts 2024 wild blueberry conference with virtual option, Feb. 17

Thu, 02/01/2024 - 5:15pm

Story Location:
Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
United States

ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host its annual wild blueberry conference  on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Moore Community Center, 125 State Street. This year, the conference will also offer a virtual option for those unable to attend in person. 

The full-day event brings together experts, researchers, growers and industry leaders to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the wild blueberry industry. The conference will feature informative presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities for attendees.

"We are delighted to once again host the UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference and provide a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration within the wild blueberry industry," said Lily Calderwood, Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, in a news release. “While we encourage in-person participation, we understand that not everyone may be able to attend the conference. The virtual option will allow individuals to join the conference remotely and benefit from valuable insights that will contribute to the continued success of the wild blueberry industry."

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including wild blueberry cultivation techniques, pest management strategies, market diversification ideas, and the latest research findings. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from renowned experts in the field and gain insights into best practices and innovative approaches to wild blueberry production.

The registration fee for the UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference is "pay what you can," with a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds from the conference will go directly towards supporting Extension’s wild blueberry programming, furthering research and education in the field.

Three pesticide credits will be available for full-day attendance. For more information and to register visit the program webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation contact Mary Michaud,, 207.581.3175. 


University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension seeks to build thriving communities and grow the food-based economy, focusing on aspects from production and processing to nutrition, food safety and food security. Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H which offers hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement and creates a positive environment where participants are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.