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Event Details


Aug 5 - Aug 7, 2019


3 Days


Hudson Valley Region


$50.00 Early Bird Rate, Register by Tuesday, July 23rd!
(additional attendee $50.00 ea.)


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Pre-Registration Deadline: August 7, 2019


2019 Young Fruit Growers Study Trip

August 5 - August 7, 2019

2019 Young Fruit Growers Study Trip

NextGen Young Fruit Grower Study Trip to Hudson Valley, NY

Hotel group rates final extension until Wednesday July 17th.

Registration is now open!

Register for this event by clicking here or on "Register for this Event Now" at the top of the page.

Early bird registration rate $50 by Tuesday, July 23rd! After that, registration rate of $55 with a deadline of Tuesday, July 30th.

The 4th annual Young Fruit Grower Study Trip will be held in the Hudson Valley region of New York August 5th-7th.

The Young Fruit Growers of WNY have organized an excellent itinerary. Stops will include innovative grower orchards, farm markets, and packing houses in the Hudson Valley. Participants will learn about grafting, hail netting, balancing new varieties, handling a transition, and more.

The study tour is focused on helping next generation growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to take their family farms into the future.

There are no strict requirements to join. We have had people from different regions join the tour who are under 35, who are on family farms, who are growers in middle management positions, who may be beginning to manage farms, or who may be starting farms in the future. New growers are also welcome.

Attendees must book their own hotel rooms. Blocks of hotel rooms at group rates are reserved until July 17th.

A coach will be departing Monday morning from Cornell AgriTech in Geneva and returning Wednesday evening. Attendees may also meet the tour in the Hudson Valley and travel the tour in their own vehicles.

For details about the trip see below, including: hotel reservation information, detailed itinerary, coach transportation from Geneva, and costs. 

Generous trip sponsorships will offset the costs of transportation and some meals. See below for costs to participants.

Tour stops will include:
  • Mead Orchards
  • Dressel Farms
  • Hudson River Fruit Distributors
  • Angry Orchard Cidery
  • Crist Brothers Orchards and Packing House
  • Hudson Valley Research Laboratory
  • And more…

Food and beverages include a social event at Angry Orchard and dinner at Heritage Food + Drink.

For questions about the itinerary, contact Chelsea Van Acker (, (315) 481-9637 (m)) or Tyler Baker (, (360) 399-1600).

For questions about registration or trip sponsorship, contact Mark Wiltberger (, 315-272-8530).

Sign up for the NextGen Growers Email List for information about future NextGen Grower events here:

Costs to you are:
  • Registration fee: $50
  • Hotel 2 nights @$149/night. Total w/ tax approx.: $336
  • Monday afternoon Social Hour at Angry Orchard: Beverages and Light Fare.
  • Monday night dinner at Heritage Food + Drink in Poughkeepsie: Fixed Price $50/person.
  • Tuesday night dinner on your own in Newburgh.
  • Other meals: meals during transit.


A coach will be loading on Monday August 5th at 6:30am at Jordan Hall, Cornell AgriTech Geneva, 601 W North St, Geneva, NY 14456. The coach will return approximately 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 7th.


Attendees riding on the coach will be staying at a different hotel each night. On
Monday night we will be staying at the Homewood Suites in Poughkeepsie and on Tuesday night we will be staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Newburgh. It is important if you are riding on the coach that you reserve a room at the correct hotel each night. Poughkeepsie and Newburgh are on opposite sides of the Hudson River and the hotels are about a 35-minute drive from each other.

The following hotels have rooms reserved at group rates . Hotel group rates extended until Wednesday July 17th.:

Monday Night (August 5-6):
Homewood Suites by Hilton Poughkeepsie, 900 Thomas Watson Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, (845) 462-0030.
$149/room for either 2 queens or 1 king
Reserve online at: and use Group Code: YGG.
Or, call the hotel and ask for the group rate under the Group Name: "Young Growers".
*This hotel is brand NEW and the staff is still learning, please be patient when booking your room.

Tuesday Night (August 6-7)
Hampton Inn and Suites Newburgh Stewart Airport
, 1 Crossroads Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, (845) 567-9100.
$149/room for either 2 queens or 1 king
Reserve online at: and use Group Code: FGW.
If registering after July 12th, call the hotel to get the group rate.
Or, call the hotel and ask for the group rate under the Group Name: "Fruit Growers".


Note that the coach will be stopping at Beak and Skiff on the way back to Geneva. Beak and Skiff is not in the Hudson Valley. All attendees are welcome to join the stop at Beak & Skiff.

Monday, August 5th:
  • 7am Depart Jordan Hall, Cornell AgriTech, Geneva.
  • 11:30 am-1:15 pm Mead Orchards, Tivoli, NY
    • (11:30am-12pm Lunch at Mead Orchards)
  • 2:15-3:40pm Dressel Farms, New Paltz, NY.
  • 4-5:30pm Hudson Valley Research Lab, Highland, NY.
  • 6pm Check in at Homewood Suites by Hilton Poughkeepsie in Poughkeepsie
  • 6:30pm Group Dinner @ Heritage Food and Drink in Poughkeepsie (price of dinner not included in trip)
  • 9pm Bus Returns to Hotel

Tuesday, August 6th:
  • 7am Bus Leaves Hotel
  • 8-10am Hudson River Fruit Company, Milton, NY.
  • 11am-1:15pm Fishkill Orchards, Hopewell Junction, NY.
    • 12:30-1:15pm Lunch at Fishkill Orchards
  • 2-6pm Angry Orchard w/ Social Hour, Walden, NY.
  • 6:30pm Arrive at Hampton Inn and Suites Newburgh Stewart Airport in Newburgh
  • 7pm Dinner on your own

Wednesday, August 7th:
  • 8-10am Crist Orchards and Packinghouse, Walden, NY.
  • 12:30-1pm Lunch at Whitney Point Exit 81 on your own
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, Lafayette, NY.
  • 5:30pm Arrive in Geneva.
*All times and stops are subject to change.

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