There are many learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get classroom and hands-on experience working with berries. Discover the ways you can get involved!

Credit Courses

Students learn berry production within the context of plant biology and genetics, soils, ecology, and economics with applications in plant nutrition, pest management, business, and marketing. Learning to manage real- world dilemmas with case studies, field trips, and internships encourages students to interact with growers, managers, field reps, and consultants. Student-run clubs provide opportunities for leadership and extracurricular activities.

HORT 251 Temperate Tree Fruit, Berries, Grapes, and Nuts

HORT 456 Physiology and Production of Berry Crops (Ecampus)

HORT 556 Physiology and Production of Berry Crops (Ecampus)

Non-Credit Courses

We are continuing to offer a series of courses covering a variety of pruning methods and techniques for blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, kiwifruit and grapes through Oregon State University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). You can take any of these courses individually or take them all to become a pruning master!

Pruning and Training of Berries, Kiwifruit, and Grapes

Hands-on learning opportunities

Every year, our research program hires students who gain first-hand experience in what it takes to grow and harvest berry crops and carry out scientific research. Our students are a critical link in the research process, helping to harvest berries from several different research projects each year, measure fruit quality (sugar, firmness, berry size, etc.), learn how to plant and maintain fields, and operate equipment. Jobs are located at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, OR.

Contact Amanda Davis ( for inquiries!