Created By: Pender County Tourism
Even though this state facility isn't located directly in Pender County it's just a short drive down the road in Castle Hayne and is very important to the cultivation of Blueberries in North Carolina. This facility features the #1 public blueberry breeding program in the world.
Many N.C. State University scientists, including experts in horticulture, plant diseases and genetics conduct research at the Horticultural Crops Research Station at Castle Hayne. Maintaining the agricultural economy requires a great deal of information on efficient ways to produce fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.
The station hosts periodic Commodity Field Days during the peak growing periods between April and September. Tours of the station and blueberry farm are available by appointment and include local high school students, Master Gardeners, extension personnel, etc. Visit www.ncagr.gov/research/hcrs for more information.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Blueberry Trail