Berry Patch Farm
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We are a family farm, which started pick your own strawberries 36 years ago. Judy and Dean and our son Mike live on the farm, which is located at 62785 280 St., Nevada, Iowa, 50201.
Our mission is to grow healthy food that tastes the best. To do that we choose plants that have natural resistance to pests, monitor environmental conditions, and use a minimum of controls, including biological and organic. This is an Integrated Pest Management approach that keeps our pest population at an acceptable level with minimal use of pesticides.
We specialize in growing food that is high in health benefits such as vitamin C, antioxidants, high fiber, etc. We believe that whole foods which contain healthy properties is the natural way to good health.
We recently have added more greenhouses and high tunnels to help us extend our season.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
We rotate our crops, and use a great deal of compost, before and after planting. We have received several soil conservation awards, and continue to farm in a sustainable manner.
As mentioned above, we follow an Integrated Pest Management philosophy here. IPM uses current information from our scouting and sensors which monitor heat, humidity,rainfall, wetting periods. That information is checked on our computer models to predict when controls are necessary.
This eliminates the use of any controls until needed. We manage pest and disease damage by the most environmentally friendly methods (bio controls, organic, and conventional).
It is interesting to note that our cultural practices result in much less spraying than organic. We know that there is confusion about "spraying". Moderation is our motto, and we know that we are better than organic.
We recently (winter 2010) added field tile improvements to our farm that include recycling of the drain water to our 2 acre reservoir, which is then used to irrigate when needed.
Our well water is used to drip irrigate our crops
Highlights this Month
Apples now available include Honeycrisp, and those listed daily on our website
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#1 HONEYCRISP APPLES
10 3# bags available. Order number of 3# bags.
America's favorite! Sweet tart, juicy and unusually crisp. 3# bag.Keeps well for months. Picked for maximum flavor. Pests managed using an Integrated Pest Management approach - see our Producer Profile for more information.
|$8.00/3 # bag|