NASGA Annual Meeting and Conference at the 2013 Southeast Strawberry Expo

A Joint Conference of the North Carolina Strawberry Association and the North American Strawberry Growers Association 

 Tuesday, December 3 -- Friday, December 6, 2013  

Travel Accomodations

Still in need of a room? Try one of these great options for lodging in Raleigh.

SpringHill Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport

This hotel is right across the parking lot from the Sheraton Imperial and in easy walking distance.
Our auxiliary block here is now closed, but rooms may be available.

Call for Reservations: 919-998-9500
Address: 920 Slater Road, Durham, North Carolina 27703.

Sleep Inn

Call for Reservations: 919-993-3393
Address: 5208 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.

Wingate by Wyndham Raleigh Durham / Airport

Call for Reservations: 919- 941-2854
Address: 5223 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.

Comfort Suites Raleigh DurhamAirport/RTP

Call for Reservations: 919-314-1200
Address: 5219 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.

Basic Schedule & Program Information

Tuesday, December 3   

Afternoon Workshops (1 pm -4:30 or 5:00 pm)   Registration for all workshops will be limited; be sure to sign up early.

  • Strawberry Plasticulture for New Growers. This workshop is oriented to new growers, prospective growers, growers in their first year or two of production, or any grower who wants a "refresher" in the basics. Grower led: Expect a practical, informal session with lots of time for questions and discussion.
  • Direct Market Food Safety Practices & Messages. Explores how to manage food safety when you have the public on your farm, how to have the public be partners in these efforts, and how to communicate this in a positive way that promotes your farm.

Evening Reception and Registration

Wednesday, December 4

Farm Tour  Buses leave the hotel at 8:30 am, return approximately 8:00 pm.)The tour will visit Page Farms of Raleigh, The Vollmer Farm, Finch Blueberry Nursery, Jones Farm, and Deans Farm Market/Fresh Pik Produce. Dinner will be at Bill Ellis BBQ in Wilson.   

Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6

Educational Sessions and Trade Show
The trade show opens at 7:30 am, with coffee and continental breakfast in the trade show area. Educational sessions start at 9:00 am with a "Grower Spotlight" speaker. For the rest of both days, three -- or more-- tracks of concurrent breakout sessions are offered. Lunch is included in all registrations. The North Carolina Strawberry Association's annual meeting will be at lunch on Thursday, and the North American Strawberry Growers Association annual meeting will be on Friday.

Full program schedule will be posted soon.