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Come Learn How to Grow Small Fruits at Home at Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Grapes on vine.

Cape May Court House – Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hold the workshop, “Growing Small Fruits in the Home Garden,” on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The workshop, part of the Garden & Grow series, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, 355 Courthouse - South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

The presenter will be Dr. Gary C. Pavlis, Atlantic County Agriculture Agent. Participants of the workshop will learn about growing strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and grapes, proper planting and pruning techniques, about pest and disease control, and the best varieties to grow in Cape May County. Also, participants will receive bare root ‘Rutgers Scarlet’ strawberry plants to take home.

Pavlis said, “If you have a garden which doesn’t include delicious fruit, you are missing out on wonderful flavor sensations and you will see how easy it is to add them to your home garden.”

Dr. Pavlis, has been a professor and agricultural agent at Rutgers University for 33 years. His areas of expertise are blueberry and grape/wine production. His blueberry newsletter, ‘The Blueberry Bulletin’, has an international following. His research on blueberry fertilization has transformed the New Jersey industry. He has been instrumental in the expansion of the New Jersey wine industry. Dr. Pavlis writes a wine article in edible jersey called Liquid Assets, regularly appears in print, on the radio and television educating the public on the intricacies of growing blueberries and grapes in New Jersey or touting the benefits of eating blueberries and drinking wine.

The goal of the Garden & Grow workshop series is to teach locals how to improve or expand their home gardens in new ways.

This is a beginner class, therefore, no experience is needed. The cost for this workshop is $15 and includes dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. Registration is limited to 30, so please register by March 20th at

For more information, please contact Jen Sawyer, Rutgers ANR Program Associate at 609-465-5115, ext. 3607 or

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

January 24, 2020