Sustainable Farming & Our Approach
We have added this page because we get a lot of people asking about our pesticide use and if we are organic. We want to be as transparent as possible on this issue and help educate you on what we do and do not do. At the bottom of this page will be a list of what we did in the current year. Do not hesitate to ask us about it if you have any concerns or questions.
Our approach is to not use the "cide" brothers; herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or other typical farming sprays. So far we have only had to utilize a fungicide one time on a small set of bushes 3 years ago in early spring before berries were even present. We utilize a lot of mulch to hold down the weeds and help amend the soil. We also till along the edge of the beds to avoid grass growing up the edges. Many blueberry farms use herbicides to control their weed and grass population, we do not.
In the late winter, February and March, we apply an organic spray called lime sulfur. This helps knock down some of the critters that are carried over from the past year. Also at this time is when we fertilize. This is typical farm fertilizer in pellet form and is not organic. We use primarily ammonium sulfate, sulfur, potash to adjust the NPK for the berries.
To be 100% transparent here's whats happening in 2019.
All Berries - March 2019; pelleted fertilizer and side dressed :Ammonium Sulfate (21-0-0), 18-46-0 , 0-0-60 , Borax for Boron, Zinc Sulfate (35.5% Z, 17% S). Late May pelleted nitrogen (46-0-0).
All Berries had an organic Lime sulfur applied in March.
For Japanese beetles - Nothing needed yet and hoping to hold off till after berry picking is complete but we would use on a non-picking day ECOTROL (organic) combination of rosemary, peppermint and geranium oils spray application to leaves. Read more hereabout the product Ecotrol.
Cane borers we spray on the base of the canes (lower 15 inches) an organic pyrethrin that is made from Chrysanthemum plants. There has only been one treatment prior to berry formation this year. Will apply again post harvest. Read more about the product at Evergreen pyrethrin Label
Organic Foliar - not this year as it did not provide any benefit.