If you want to dig in deeper to any of the topics you've read about here, take a look at these resources. You'll find links to University of Minnesota Extension, various research and outreach programs, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Grown™, and active grower associations throughout the state. 

University of Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Hardy

Information about all the fruit varieties developed at the University of Minnesota.



University of Minnesota Extension

Research-based information on growing fruit, and a whole lot more.

Growing fruit in the home garden
Commercial fruit production


University of Minnesota Grape Breeding and Enology

Cold hardy grape cultivar development, research on growing grapevines and making wine.  

UMN Grape and wine research blog
Crush reports


University of Minnesota Fruit Edge

Timely information about fruit integrated pest management (IPM), with particular focus on management of new and emerging pests

Spotted wing drosophila
Pest management tools


University of Minnesota Small Farms

Business management, crop production, and natural resources conservation information for Minnesota's small farms.

Business and marketing
Small farms newsletter

State Resources

Minnesota Grown

Directory of local farms and products, farmers markets, and events. A service of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

What's in season
Fiind farms and farmers markets


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

State policies, grants, organic certification, food safety, and pest management.

Grant opportunities
Cold hardiness list


Grower Organizations

Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)

Organization that promotes the Minnesota grape and wine industry. You’ll find info on Minnesota wine events, winery passport, commercial growing guides, and grapevine nurseries.

Growing Grapes in Minnesota
Minnesota wine passport


Minnesota Apple Growers Association (MAGA)

Organization that promotes and supports Minnesota apple growers. Workshops, variety information, grower directory.

Apple grower directory
Harvest dates


Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

Prominent organic farming organization that hosts the largest organic farming conference in the country. Policy advocacy, certification info, educational events, beginning farmer support, organic farm directory, newsletter,

Annual February conference
Organic Link monthly eNews


Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA)

Organization that supports and promotes local fruit growers through workshops, group plant orders, and newsletters.

Annual conference held in January
Group orders



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