Our Philosophy & Methods
Our farming philosophy includes treading as lightly upon the earth as we possibly can while providing high quality fruits. We have been growing organic blueberries for over 15 years! Nature is very important to us; the gifts of our environment fill us with wonder and awe and we try to reflect that in our farming. We strive toward producing crops that are safe to consume while using production techniques safe for the environment. We utilize techniques such as composting, green manures, and natural organic fertilizers for our plantings to promote healthy, rich soil. We also use the latest technology in monitoring for insects and disease pests to improve the efficacy of our all organic sprays and pest control strategies.
- Organic Blueberries
We implement 100% organic production techniques certified by MOSA and are the largest producer of certified organic blueberries in the state of Wisconsin in two of our blueberry fields.
We also manage some of our fields with extremely judicious use of conventional chemicals. Although not organic, we manage our Spotted Winged Drosophila fruit flies during harvest with only organic control methods. In other words, conventional fruit will not have synthetic fungicides or insecticides applied to them. The use of an herbicide in early Spring and fungicide before and shortly after bloom makes them ineligible for organic certification, however, we believe in not spraying fruit during harvest with anything other than organic materials.
All of our plantings are caned annually to reduce disease incidence and spray requirements, while increasing fruit size and quality. We monitor our plantings daily and only apply sprays when pest levels are high enough to have a serious economic impact and even then, only well before fruit maturity.
Low spray Apples
Due to market demands, we will no longer be producing our apples completely organically so that we can offer a product more competitively priced.