SCFS Meeting, “Cranberries”, Thurs, April 9, 2015 @ 7pm

What would Thanksgiving be without cranberry sauce? This tart berry may play a sizable role in our culture’s holiday traditions, but most people don’t actually know much about it.  How many of you knew that those pictures of cranberries floating in a pond of water is actually only part of the harvesting process, not the growing process?

We look forward to learning all about cranberries from Frank Caruso, long time university researcher on cranberries. Frank will walk us through the 12 month cycle in a crop year to show us all the things involved in growing cranberries. He’ll point out the differences between growing them in Mass. and WA (minor mostly) and will have time to answer your questions.

Frank comes originally from New Jersey. He got a BA in Biology at Gettysburg College, a MS in Plant Pathology at Univ of MA, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Univ of Kentucky. He worked as an Assistant Professor in Botany & Plant Pathology at the Univ of Maine, focusing on apple and lowbush blueberry diseases then moved to Univ of Mass where he was the Extension Professor at the Cranberry Station up until 2013, working primarily on cranberry diseases along with highbush blueberry and grape diseases. In 2013 he retired and moved to Edmonds to be close to family. He continues to do research on cranberry fruit rot with WA and BC fruit at the WSU Mt. Vernon research center.

The meeting is April 9 at 7pm at the Snohomish County Fruit Society is at the Boys and Girls Club, at 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact Bekie Jackson (President) at (425) 398-5544 or email at


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