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Help Ohio Farmers Decide What to Grow

July 6, 2011

PIKETON, Ohio -- Extension specialists at the Ohio State University South Centers want to know how you feel about fruit -- currants, gooseberries and jostaberries, to be exact.

These members of the Ribes family – perennial woody shrubs that produce edible berries – have not been grown commercially in Ohio since the early 1900's, but present a good opportunity for Ohio farmers. The fruit is winter hardy and does not require high levels of fertilization, said Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension horticulture specialist. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C.

Now Bergefurd and colleague Julie Fox, direct marketing specialist, need to know if growers grow Ribes, will consumers consume them.

That’s where you come in. Bergefurd and Fox are asking consumers to complete a five-minute electronic survey, located at By taking this survey, you can help farmers determine if these would be viable crops to produce in Ohio.

Data obtained from the survey will be used for research, Extension education, and in publications with names, contact information and research records kept confidential.


Suzanne Steel
Julie Fox, Brad Bergefurd