Calderwood discusses wild blueberry harvest with Ellsworth American

Lily Calderwood, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Ellsworth American about the wild blueberry harvest this year. “Overall, the crop looks good this year,” said Calderwood, also an assistant professor of horticulture. “I think people are optimistic.” She also discussed how climate change threatens the crop, including a recent UMaine study that found wild blueberry barrens, particularly those in Down East Maine, are warming faster than Maine as a whole. “We are doing research and education in mulching,” to adapt to climate change, she said. “That is a way to hold moisture in the soil for longer periods of time.”