Ooganic Field Day
Thursday, Aug. 16
1 to 4 p.m.
Blue Fruit Farm, Winona, Minnesota
Growing requirements, including soil fertility, plant propagation, planting distances and varietal selection
Dealing with weeds, pests and diseases when crops can’t be rotated or soil tilled;
Ideas for marketing blue fruits and creating value-added products.
Also see the farm’s solar-powered rainwater collection and irrigation system and the novel approach to deter thieving birds.
Long-time organic vegetable farmers Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford took on a new venture four years ago: perennial, high-value fruits—blueberry, elder-berry, black currant, blue plum, serviceberry, and aronia. See how they’re making this work!