Date of Award

Fall 2018

Project Type


Program or Major

Biological Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Iago Hale

Second Advisor

Rebecca Sideman

Third Advisor

Robert Guthrie


The kiwiberry (Actinidia arguta) has an extensive 140-year history of being grown in New England as an ornamental vine but has only recently been adopted as a commercial fruit crop. As regional and international acreage in commercial production continues to increase, the need for a comprehensive production guides and regionally-specific enterprise analyses has become evident. This thesis brings together the most recent findings of the Kiwiberry Development Program at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, along with available commercial kiwiberry production information, to address this need. Specifically, this guide presents an overview of the species, current best production practices, regionally-relevant market information, and an enterprise analysis for this emerging fruit crop in the northeastern US.