The glaciers stopped about 100 feet down the hill from our farm. One mountain range over is Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park---also left untouched by the glaciers at the top. CHILDS BLUEBERRIES ARE GROWN WHERE THE GLACIERS NEVER HIT MEANING THAT THE SOIL IS PERFECT FOR GROWING BLUEBERRIES thus they are Nutrient Dense--IF WE PLANT CORN, IT GROWS KNEE HIGH. THE GROCERY STORE BERRIES ARE GROWN IN FLATLANDS WITH THE WRONG SOIL THAT HAS BEEN CHEMICALLY ADJUSTED SO BLUEBERRIES WILL GROW BUT THE FLAVOR IS JUST NOT GOOD. IF YOU SEE BLUEBERRIES AND CORN PLANTED IN THE SAME AREA THEN YOU NEED TO TRY SOME OF OUR BERRIES
Childs Blueberry Farm at 2250 feet is on the highest hill in Humphrey, NY
WITH CHILDS BLUEBERRIES--No insecticides unless we apply it as a preventative measure after finding a pest in our pheromone traps. By nipping the problem in the bud by constant monitoring, we can avoid the trap most farms are in of mass spraying insecticides-organic or conventional-weekly. If I did find a pest in one of our traps, I would spray at night so as not to harm the bees-something large conglomerate farms don't do-and of course, I would use the organic certified insecticide but only as needed. Since my farm is small enough to monitor using Cornell's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) pheromone approach, we usually go 5-7 years between spraying but if we missed that one invading pest--the fly lays eggs in the berries, that turn into worms that burrow into soil and come out after 1, 2 or 3 years meaning an infested farm has to spray every week and after every rainfall with a major chemical or huge quantities of organic insecticides (which builds tolerance in the pest) for three years to get rid of the infestation. All of that could have been avoided if they did what Childs Blueberries has always done--listen to Cornell University's teachings!
CHILDS BLUEBERRIES SOIL IS ALIVE AND CAN UPTAKE NUTRIENTS HELPING WITH THE SUPERIOR FLAVOR! Most farms have killed the microbes in their soil with INSECTICIDES and without microbes, the plants cannot uptake nutrients from dead soil so it just runs off into the streams, rivers and lakes or pollutes the ground water (see high rates of leukemia in Midwest tied to fertilizer contamination of ground water) doing no good at all.
SCARE YOU? It should! Here is a secret...
Scare you? It should! BUT--I am doing it right and I am one of the few. This organic fungicide is being applied in the dormant season. It basically sterilizes the field and saves me having to spray when berries are on the bushes. What is it? It is organic lime and organic sulfur mixed to create a caustic reaction just like in high school chemistry class. Harmless to us, harmless to the bushes if applied properly but deadly to funguses. What do the conglomerate farms do--they spray like this or from an airplane weekly with some oh so major chemical fungicides and insecticides--the kind you have to wear a space suit to apply safely. In less developed countries, they have men applying those chemicals on open tractors in T-Shirts--then they ship the berries your local grocery store for you to buy. Many of those farm workers are dying very young and leaving behind families with no way to support themselves.
See the weeds at the base of the plants? I weed wack and/or hand weed rather than use Roundup. It is a lot of work--a HUGE amount of work--but for my customer and families health no amount of work is too much to do a job right! I am sorry to say they are now finding trace amounts of Roundup in wombs and people's urine. Not from my fruit I say!
DEAD BEES--Imidacloprid (is a systemic insecticide which acts as an insect neurotoxin and belongs to a class of chemicals called the neonicotinoids which act on the central nervous system) is used by many farmers; especially huge farms where the farmer is more a tractor jockey than a "hands in the dirt" kind of farmer. This chemical is sprayed on the soil or on the plants and kills a whole lots of nastiness fast. The trouble is, it kills the bumbles, too. Another trouble is it lingers in the soil with a half life. Another trouble is, it is not good for people. We have a wonderful vibrant honey and bumble bee population that illustrates our farm is a healthy place for all--including people. Come buy our berries or visit our You Pick. We welcome you to both. We appreciate your business!