The Rhode Island Fruit Growers’ Association (RIFGA) honored Heather Faubert, URI Extension Fruit Specialist for her Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work with fruit growers. Sandie Barden, co-owner of Barden Family Orchard, awarded Faubert a lifetime membership to the RIFGA. The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Faubert has worked with URI and fruit growers on pest control since 1982. She sets up and monitors pest traps across RI. Faubert expands grower’s knowledge of apple and other fruit diseases and teaches insect biology. Her greatest success has been helping reduce orchard chemical use by 30% over the past 30 years. [Learn more here.]