Thursday, May 28, 2009

Haskap Day 2009

Haskap Day 2009: Tour, Open House, and Trade Show

Friday, July 17, 2009, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Horticultural Field Lab - University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Haskap has joined the growing momentum of fruit production on the Canadian prairies. An excellent fruit for a harsh climate; its attributes are better understood year by year. This year Haskap Day is being held in mid-July in order to give producers and enthusiasts a chance to experience and discuss later-season fruit characteristics. Previous years have focused on: introducing haskap, plant characteristics, cultivation practices, and commercial potential.

This year for a fee of $20.00 participants can:
+See different haskap and blue honeysuckles from around the world
+Being Mid July we will see and discuss late-season haskap characteristics in the field
+Receive an ‘experimental haskap’ seedling
+Browse booths at a trade show of haskap products
+Purchase haskap varieties from propagators (the University will only sell its varieties if propagators run out of stock).
(***Note – When purchasing plants please rememberthat two unrelated plants are required for proper pollination.)

Exciting developments since last year’s Haskap Day:
+Significant planting of haskap has occurred across the prairies.
+Last October Dr. Bors gained first-hand knowledge of blue honeysuckle production and marketing in Japan.
+Dr. Bors collected 600 native blue honeysuckle plants across Canada.
+Visitors from industry and research from around the world have visited the university to see this collection and discuss cooperative efforts.
+Nutritional analysis has been performed; neutraceutical possibilities are currently under scrutiny.
+The first virtual international conference on blue honeysuckle was held in May.
+Many new growers have signed onto the university’s Grower Assisted Fruit Program.
+One of the Canadian national Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent finalists presented the benefits of haskap in Ottawa in May.

The impacts of these developments and many more, as well as the timely and important insights of growers themselves can all be discussed in an open-air forum while taking in the tastes of haskap!

For on-line links go to:,

Interested in having a booth at this event? Contact Rick Sawatzky at 306- 978-8316 or email Booths are provided free of charge to licensed propagators, fruit associations, governmental sponsors, and educational associations. A fee of $20.00 is asked of other exhibitors who must provide their own table, unless they have arranged for a table ahead of time with Rick (possibly extra fee).

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