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Fruit and Vegetable Growers Striving for the Best



Save the Date – Events and Training for

Winter ’22-‘23 
If you need CEU credits for nutrient management, pesticide licensing, or want to brush up on new ideas, this roster of winter meetings and training events looks good!

January 31 – February 2, 2023

Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention

February 7, 2023

Eastern Shore Vegetable Grower’s Meeting

Call Dorchester County Extension Office, 410-228-8800 for more information

February 9, 2023

Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Growers Meeting

February 10, 2023

Produce Safety Rule Grower Training, Anne Arundel County

February 28, 2023

Virtual Vegetable Grower’s Meeting


March 8,2023

Virtual Fruit Grower’s Meeting

Produce safety questions? Contact Carol Allen: 240-994-5043,

New Online Course for Maryland Cottage Food Producers & On-Farm Home Processors

Register here:

For questions or needing accommodation contact:
Dr. Shauna Henley,


The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Membership dues are collected during the registration process for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.  For those seeking membership after the convention click here... for more information.


Tree Assistance Program (TAP) is to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines that were damaged by natural disasters. To learn more about this program and eligibility, click here for more info >>


Click here to access handouts >>


Click on the links below:

Horticultural Technology Newsletter

Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management 
University of Maryland Fact Sheet 1023, November 2015



Click on the links below:
Maryland Apples

Maryland's Best
National Peach Council
University of Maryland Extension: Grapes and Fruit
University of Maryland: Aronia
Mid-Atlantic Aronia Growers Association


Bay Area Fruit School  (link to presentations & videos) 
Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting (presentations)



Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention and Workshops January 30 through February 2.

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC) is held each year to provide the latest updates and important information to fruit and vegetable growers from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and surrounding states. The 2023 conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. from January 31, 2023 to February 2, 2023.

This year’s convention will feature several pre-convention workshops, a bus tour (register separately), and a trade show with over 170 exhibitors plus three full days of six or more concurrent educational sessions. Sessions on tree fruits, small fruits, wine grapes, organic and general vegetables, marketing, and many other topics are scheduled.

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention are honored to have Michael Kilpatrick as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Convention. Michael Kilpatrick is a farmer, presenter, host, inventor, and online entrepreneur who lives to help entrepreneurs apply business principles and practical, proven solutions to grow their businesses and simplify their lives.

Pesticide applicator credits will be available for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey growers that attend the sessions. The program is jointly sponsored by Maryland State Horticultural Society, University of Maryland Extension, State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, New Jersey State Horticultural Society, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Virginia Horticultural Society, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

 2021 - 2022
MSHS Executive Board Officers

John Fendrick, President

Brad Miller, 1St VP

Hallie Butler Van-Horn, 2nd Vice President

Bob Black, Treasurer

Haley Sater,  Secretary

Board members are 

Paul Jackson

Steve Milburn

Jake Moore

Steve Blades

2019 Summer Tour visiting Arterra     Photo Credit:Christopher Black

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