Backyard Fruit Guide: Garden Resources

The following fruit growing resources are among the best.

All-America Selections. "All-America Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners." Though many of their selections are ornamentals, some of their selections include melons and other fruits.

The American Pomological Society is the oldest fruit organization in North America. You'll find a wealth of information.

The Concord Grape Association represents commercial Concord grape growers. You'll find interesting information promoting Concords.

GardenWeb is the largest gardening site on the Web, with garden forums, articles on gardening, directories, etc.

The Highbush Blueberry Council provides excellent information on all aspects of highbush blueberry cultivation and marketing.

The National Gardening Association (NGA) works to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment through educational resources

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension System Service (CREES) - Find a Cooperative Extension Service Office near you for expert horticultural advice, pest identification, soil testing.

North American Fruit Explorers is an organization of amateur growers of fruits and nuts. Membership is required, but it's well worth the money. You'll meet other growers, make friends and learn a lot. 

The North American Strawberry Growers Association is an organization representing commercial interests, but backyard fruit growers will enjoy it. is a great resource for finding a pick-your-own farm near you. Visit a pick-your-own farm and you'll likely find a grower who will be happy to talk about everything he or she knows about fruit growing.

Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida, Inc. is an association of tropical fruit growers and enthusiasts who have come together to educate the public about the great tasting tropical fruits that Florida produces,and to fund research in growing these exotic fruits.

Verdant Church "helps churches become more worshipful, fruitful, and beautiful by assisting church members to create Gardens that produce wonderful fruit and vegetables, flowers and foliage. In these Gardens, people of all ages, abilities and personalities come together to build something that could not have been accomplished separately. In them they witness the creative power and goodness of God in places where life is abundant. And their unified efforts produce beauty and food that can be shared with others who desperately need both." Contact: Verdant Church, 397 Meadowlake Lane
Chelsea, AL  35043.

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