Elizabeth Coleman White

Elizabeth Coleman White (1871-1954)
Courtesy, New Jersey Conservation Foundation


Shown here examining the fruit of cultivated blueberries, White was instrumental in developing the first cultivated blueberries. She grew up on her father’s cranberry farm in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and developed her interest in commercial agriculture as a girl. In 1911, White became interested in blueberry propagation and, using the resources of her family farm in Whitesbog, collaborated with Federick Coville to develop a commercial blueberry from wild varieties, a goal that was achieved in 1916.