Whether you prefer wine or table grapes, growing grapes can be challenging in the Pacific Northwest. At our December meeting, Dr. Michelle Moyer will discuss the basics behind grapevine production in maritime and cool-season climates. She will focus on general concepts in vine development and discuss how those concepts translate to different practices in different climates. Specific topics include pruning styles, variety and rootstock selections, basic pest management, potential new grape markets, and some of the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program resources available to growers for both commercial and backyard grape production.
Dr. Michelle Moyer joined the faculty at Washington State University in 2011, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in Horticulture. She is based at WSU-IAREC in Prosser, and has research and Extension responsibilities in both wine and juice grapes. She received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, majoring in both Genetics and Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin. She earned her PhD in Plant Pathology at Cornell University where her studies focused on the epidemiology of grape powdery mildew and disease risk modeling, working at the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station and the Loxton Research Center in South Australia. Michelle grew up in southern Wisconsin, where her family still operates a wholesale and retail nursery and landscaping company.
This meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society is Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7pm at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, email SnohomishCFS@gmail.com or call 206-427-4279. A brief business meeting will precede the speaker