Tree Fruit

Research

Horticultural research at the Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC uses a wide-variety of approaches to address the challenges of sustainably and profitably producing tree fruit in the Mid-Atlantic region. Some past and current projects include:

Extension and Outreach

Through my extension activities I share my research and other science-based information in order to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of Virginia’s tree-fruit producers. I directly interact with Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and commercial growers during in-orchard meetings, in-depth fruit schools, winter workshops, and by email and telephone conversations. I also work with the community at-large by leading Master Gardener training courses on fruit production and organic pest control practices, conducting hands-on demonstrations for elementary and high school students, and advising on school garden projects.

  • Economic feasibility of growing hard cider apples and producing hard cider in Virginia