The Greenbook is an annual publication of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We dedicate it to the farming families of Minnesota who, by their innovation, cooperation, and persistence, are creating a more sustainable agriculture.

Greenbook articles highlight results of projects led by creative and innovative farmers and researchers involved with the AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program. It provides practical and technical information on each grantee's project, including personal observations and management tips from the participants.

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Steve Poppe is a scientist at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. As part of his 2009-2011 Sustainable Agricultural Grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Steve looked to eliminate fungicide use while growing raspberries. Watch this video clip to hear about his results to date.

Ron Branch is owner of Berry Ridge Farm in Alexandria. He is working in conjunction with Steve Poppe to examine the effectiveness of extending the growing season of raspberries using high tunnels. In this video, Ron speaks about the needs of raspberry plants in a high tunnel.

Erik Gundacker is using high tunnels to grow blackberries at his Scenic Valley Farms in Rosemount. Erik was awarded a Sustainable Agricultural Grant for the 2009-2011 growing seasons. Watch this video to learn about the winter protection needed to grow blackberries in Minnesota.