There are more microbes in a tablespoon of soil than all the people on this planet. Most organic produce is sprayed with an organic insecticide every 3-5 days called spinosad (Entrust) especially if the organic produce comes from a corporate farm. Organic spinosad is some pretty heavy insecticide meaning after it is applied, you cannot harvest the food for three days plus MANY of the big farms use helicopters or airplanes to apply the organic insecticide during the day and this spray is deadly to bees.
At Childs Blueberries, we use pheromone traps to detect a pest. If we catch a pest in one of traps, we spray with the mildest of sprays where the food can be eaten the next day. It is 200% more mild than the spray used on most certified organic produce. For this reason, I believe our way is better and "Beyond Organic". That said, it is always good to rinse the berries as you take them from the freezer under the faucet before putting them in your pancakes, cereal or smoothie!
My soil is alive with microbes having not killed them with heavy insecticides and this enables the blueberry bush to uptake nutrients and creates a SWEET & LARGE BLUEBERRY!
CHILDS BLUEBERRIES--BEYOND ORGANIC®
We do not use poop as fertilizer. Instead Childs Blueberries takes leaf samples, sends them to a laboratory for analysis and the lab tells us exactly what nutrients and micro-nutrients our bushes need and in what percent. We then have a fertilizer custom blended that is much like a vitamin (boron, selenium, potassium, etc) for a blueberry bush which we apply in the spring giving the bush exactly what it needs.
The organic argument for poop fertilizer is that conventional farmers indiscriminately apply fertilizer in excess and it runs off into streams and lakes causing pollution. Doing what we do, this is not the case. Organic encourages using poop but I am just not comfortable with that form of fertilization. I believe our way is "Beyond Organic" and better.
CHILDS BLUEBERRIES--BEYOND ORGANIC®
We see signs for "Tan Childs" Is it the same as Childs Blueberry Farm? My brother Peter and his wife, Rita started Tan Childs winery, blueberry and chestnut farm some years ago. The winery is closed, they don't sell chestnuts but they do sell blueberries. They are nice people but their philosophy on farming in no way resembles my or my Dad's regarding farm practices. They are NOT affiliated with Childs Blueberry Farm although the name they chose to use is remarkably close to ours--
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Sweetest Blueberries On the Planet
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Grown Where the Glaciers Never Touched!
If you like blueberries, I think Childs Blueberries are some of the best. I would put them up against any blueberry on the planet for taste. Studies show that blueberries grown in the right soil with the right climate and the right organic matter, have substantially more nutrients and anti-oxidants than blueberries grown in sand; in fact, blueberries cultivated like ours even have more of the good stuff than the "wild"* blueberries from Maine. Our blueberries are micromanaged on our small family farm unlike the commercial version that is mass marketed or imported from parts unknown and thus we avoid mass spraying by utilizing pheromone traps (an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technique taught by Cornell University and followed by Childs Blueberries for 30 years) that the organic or conventional multi-region/multi-country farms cannot avoid. I think this makes the Childs Blueberries a whole lot healthier and in many ways, BEYOND ORGANIC.
Hands in the Dirt Farmer, Dan Childs
Dan Childs at a Farmers Market
A HANDS IN THE DIRT FARMER IS A RARE BREED THESE DAYS...MOST ARE TRACTOR JOCKEYS.
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 OR POTATOES 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
We have been using Cornell's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Over 30 Years . If we catch a pest in a pheremone trap, we spary once witht the mildest spray available and hopefully nip the problem in the bud, sort of like preventative medicine.
Most farms have killed the microbes in their soil with mass spraying of organic or conventional sprays 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.
CHILDS BLUEBERRIES SOIL IS ALIVE AND CAN UPTAKE NUTRIENTS HELPING WITH THE SUPERIOR FLAVOR!
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