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Blueberry Success on the Front Range

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Running Time: 2 hours

Ends At: 3:00 PM


This class provides students with the know-how to successfully cultivate a variety of blueberry cultivars in Colorado. Topics include: why blueberries typically do not perform well in our region; practical methods for overcoming these challenges; irrigation and fertilizer recommendations; cultivar recommendations; protection from pests; natural history and more.


Joel Reich developed a system for successful blueberry culture in Colorado that has proven to be reliably successful for over a decade. Whether your interest in blueberries is for health, great-tasting snacks and/or as an edible, ornamental garden plant with great fall foliage colors, this class provides a detailed plan for success.



Joel A. Reich M.S. is a private horticultural consultant based in Longmont, Colorado. Mr. Reich has expertise in many realms of horticulture, from nursery and greenhouse production to landscaping, small and large farm operations, research projects, interiorscapes, public gardens, etc.

Mr. Reich has developed particular expertise in production and management of fruit crops in Colorado. Prior to forming Reich Consulting Services llc, Mr. Reich was a Horticulture Agent with Colorado State University Extension, where he was the authority on fruit crops. Much of Mr. Reich’s work at CSU involved developing and delivering adult education programming to a wide variety of audiences. Before joining C.S.U., Mr. Reich received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. from Oregon State University. He also worked as a researcher with Oregon State Extension and as an instructor at Cascadia College near Seattle.

Since childhood, Mr. Reich has had a deep fascination with plants, especially those producing pleasant sensory experiences for human beings. Farming, gardening, teaching and consulting have allowed him to work closely with diverse fruit crops in both field and laboratory settings. Through this combination of academic and production experience, he has developed an extensive working knowledge of how to grow a wide range of high-value crops from backyards to large commercial production facilities. Currently, Mr. Reich is focused on helping Front Range growers expand the number and variety of fruit crops being grown in our region.


Price: $34, $29 members


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