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Pruning and Training Blackberries

This course will provide home gardeners and small farmers with information needed to prune the various types of blackberries grown in North America: floricane-fruiting trailing, semi-erect, and erect cultivars and single- or double-cropping primocane-fruiting erect cultivars.

The course includes narrated lectures and videos of pruning methods and is application to all production regions in North America.

What You'll Learn

In this course, narrated lectures with photos and videos will address the learning outcomes, including an understanding of:

  1. Types of blackberries grown and regional adaptation
  2. The basics of plant growth and understanding the differences between blackberry types
  3. How to prune and train floricane-fruiting trailing blackberries
  4. How to prune and train floricane-fruiting semi-erect and erect blackberries
  5. How to prune and train primocane-fruiting blackberries for a single or double crop

How this Course Works

Although there are lessons that may apply more broadly, this course is intended primarily for a North American audience. It will be especially relevant for home gardeners and small farmers.

In this self-paced online blackberry course, you will navigate 1.75 hours of video in several lectures.

You will have access to the course and the materials for one year after you enroll.

On demand. Access any time.
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Tao Orion

Tao Orion has been working in permaculture for over 15 years and specializes in permaculture designs on the West Coast. She specializes in restoration, systems thinking and design, homesteading and small farm management, forestry, and ethnoecology and ethnobotany. She is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration.

Bernadine Strik
Professor of Horticulture and Extension Berry Crops Specialist

Dr. Strik has over 30 years of experience in research, teaching, and educational programs for commercial growers and home gardeners at OSU. Her research areas of focus include whole plant physiology, improving yield and quality, machine harvest efficiency, pruning, optimization of production systems, plant nutrition, and organic production systems in all berry crops. Bernadine belongs to many professional organizations and holds or has held many leadership positions. She has published over 200 scientific papers and many Extension materials and book chapters on berry crop production and physiology. Her educational and research programs are world renowned and she has received many awards for her achievements. Bernadine was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, their highest honor, in 2007 and in 2014 she received the OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.

Dan Stark

Forestry and Natural Resources, Assistant Professor of Practice -  https://extension.oregonstate.edu/people/dan-stark

Norma Kline
Max Bennett
Ann Harris

OSU Open Campus Education Coordinator

- https://extension.oregonstate.edu/people/ann-harris

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