Strawberry Production Using Black Plastic Mulch (Upcoming Workshop!)

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strawberries grown in black plastic mulch   buckets of strawberries

Many would agree that there is nothing like the tastes of a fresh, juicy strawberries picked right off the plant in the spring! With such high demand for this deliciously tasting fruit, this might be a crop that farmers in Western North Carolina might consider producing on their farms. Especially those farmers that are primarily marketing directly to the consumer through community farmers markets, directly from the farm or through roadside stands. This high risk, high reward crop may even be a great addition to your farm.

Growing strawberries as an annual crop, where transplants are planted in the fall on black plastic mulch and harvested in the spring, has become a widely accepted practice in the state of North Carolina. Strawberries planted in this production system tend to produce larger berries that pickers can harvest three to four times faster than those planted in matted row system. Strawberries can be grown using this method in every region of North Carolina including the mountains. Although growers should anticipate slightly lower yields in the mountains than those produced at lower elevations.

youth enjoying a strawberry

Youth enjoying a strawberry. There is usually a high demand for locally grown strawberries!

Regardless of lower yields when compared to the rest of the state, high demand for local mountain grown strawberries make this crop attractive to consider! Strawberries can be marketed very easily from community farmers markets, roadside stands or even directly off the farm. Most producers find that they cannot produce enough strawberries to meet customers’ needs!

If you would like to know more about producing strawberries on your farm using black plastic mulch, I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming “Pre-plant Plasticulture Strawberry Production Workshop”. This workshop is specifically designed for those producers that might grow strawberries on black plastic mulch in Yancey, Madison, Mitchell, Buncombe and other mountain counties. The workshop will be held at the Yancey County Senior Center (503 Medical Campus Drive in Burnsville), starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. There is no cost to attend.

Register for to attend this workshop in person through Eventbrite. You can also find out more by contacting David Davis (, Agriculture Extension Agent at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Yancey County Center by calling (828) 682-6186.