You Can’t Keep a Good Berry Down

POSTED IN For Growers, For Members ON 3/17/2021

The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America has “restarted” after tough times in 2019 and 2020 stalled all Institute business.

Although saskatoon berries are a very minor fruit crop in Michigan, with less than 100 acres, Michigan is the home of the Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America.  The Institute has been in existence since 2012, providing information and assistance to growers and marketers in Michigan, other states, and Canada (where the greatest amount of saskatoon berry production occurs).  As with many small organizations, keeping things running is difficult, and it got even harder after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Institute held no public events in 2019 and 2020, and the board of the Institute simply retained their posts over these years, as no elections were held.

In late 2020 the board renewed activities with hope that 2021 would be a better year.  The annual membership meeting of the Institute was held on-line on January 21, 2021.  Although attendance was low, important business was conducted.  A.J. MacArthur, a grower from Lachine, Michigan, was selected to be the new president of the Institute.  The board decided that anyone who held a paid membership in 2019, the last year that membership fees were collected, will be granted paid member status for the year 2021.

If you have an interest in learning more about saskatoon berries, growing this fruit or the activities of the Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America, visit their web site at or contact me at


Submitted by

Duke Elsner, Small Fruit Extension Educator (Retired), Michigan State University

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