strawberries, raspberries,blueberries, apples (many varieties),currants,blackberries, gooseberries|
We are a family farm, which started with pick your own strawberries 50 years ago. Judy and Dean and our son Mike live on the 140 acre farm, which is located at 62785 280 St., Nevada, Iowa, 50201. Matt Howieson, farm manager, moved to the farm this Spring.He has been with us over 2 yrs now and is a great talent .
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, rotate crops, and use a minimum of controls, including biological and organic. This is an Integrated Pest Management (IPM)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 5 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,and wood chips 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 spray much less than either organic or conventional.
for the 2015 season, for instance, most of our berries needed no sprays of any kind and the apples had minimal .
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.
We have used cover crops for many years before they became popular in recent years, in fact, we use cover crops in rotation to gain bio fumigation. This is more expensive because we rest the soil from cash crops for a season.
Highlights this Month
We grow a wide variety of berries and fruits, which change with the season.Updates are listed daily on our website. www.berrypatchfarm.com
Our season usually starts with June strawberries and finishes with Fall apples.
Our major marketing is pick your own and sales at our farm.