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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Management Workshop

Steve Peters

The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a serious pest of small fruit in our area. Millions of dollars have been lost in New England due to this pest. ALL is NOT LOST! Growers can minimize loss with careful planning and good management practices. On Thursday, April 10, from 10:30 – 3:30 at the New Community Center, in Claremont, NH, UVM and UNH are offering a hands-on workshop to build your skills to implement new management practices on your farm or teach others how to!

This workshop brings specialists from in and outside the region to share important up-to-date, new information! There are sessions on monitoring, cultural control and organic and conventional spray options for SWD in small fruit. These workshops are for small fruit growers and those who teach or work with these growers. Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University will present information on SDW control.

Vern Grubinger, UVM, will talk about netting, George Hamilton, UNH will discuss cultural practices and spray methods and Alan Eaton, UNH & Margaret Skinner, UVM will demonstrate trapping methods and adult ID. Preregistration is required! Sign up today. 5 pesticide credits will be awarded to attendees. For more information, contact Cheryl Sullivan, 802-656-5434802-656-5434, ( or find registration form at

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