We're considering turning our 40 acres of front pasture into a berry farm, but I'm having trouble finding any information on doing so. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Contact your state extension office.CJ said:Thanks guys, you're turning up about the same stuff as I do when I search. Obviously I'm not searching right, maybe I need something like "idiots guide to starting a berry farm"!
Really basic questions like; how to buy berries at commercial rates, how to plant 10,000 bushes, what equipment is needed... blah blah blah. The other stuff I've already read.
Marketing, soil preparation, diseases, pests, I can find it, I just can't find the idiot questions :no:
CJ, we had a big hoopla in this area a few years back about growing rabbiteye blueberries, they are so easy to grow and so prolific everybody thought they were going to get rich easy but it turns out the easy to grow part is the catch, everybody soon had their own berries and the markets were flooded, it was a big disappointment. Its a different story with blackberries, people will come for miles to pick good blackberries but they are more labor intensive. We had the same thing happen with muscadines as the blueberries, we even had a processing plant in the county and acres were planted and they were harvested with a machine but it soon dwindled out. I think this failure was due to incompetent marketing. Muscadines are a very high antioxidant fruit and if they had been promoted as a health food I think it would have taken off. I also think there is a market for Pomegrante juice, this is beginning to become popular as a natural antioxidant. I saw some of this in Kroger, 8 oz for over 5.00. The natural health food angle is the way to go in my opinion, the babyboomers are ready to buy anything that suggest its anti-aging.CJ said:Oh look I found an idiot site if anyone else needs it