Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Weather And It's Effect

It has been a while since we have seen some rain here.  Every since a devastating hail storm wiped out all of my blueberry blooms and wrecked my hops,  I haven't had much of a desire to write about all of the negatives of farming.  But, it's been a pretty poor year so far.

Here is a link to WLOS TV that did a interview with me earlier this week, and says a lot.
http://wlos.com/news/local/severe-drought-dries-up-local-blueberries

One good think, at least for now is that we will have plenty of Monarch butterflies in the butterfly house in about 3 more weeks.
And another thing is that drought doesn't affect milkweed!

Common milkweed in bloom

It isn't good for the hops though, and that hail storm around May 1 did some damage that I just couldn't seem to recover from.  So, there may be no Hop Harvest Tour this year due to a limited harvest.
Hail piled up

Assorted tree leaves that were ripped off the trees
Our goal is to make it through the year and try and come to some kind of restructuring of the farm that will make it profitable again and save it from development.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Big Changes Coming

There are a couple of changes coming this year to the farm.   First of all there will be a new tour schedule beginning in May through October.  General tours will be open to the public this year by reservation only at least four days prior to the tour day of Saturday at 12 noon.  Tickets must be purchased in advance on the Hopnblueberryfarm.com farm store page.  

Finally, I am looking for someone to manage, share crop, or lease the farm this year.  All equipment at the farm is for use and some expanded land can be used for new crops.  Call us for more info at 828-664-1166.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

MONARCH TAG AND RELEASE CANCELED

Just a quick note about our monarch tag and release event.  It looks like a downpour is very possible for Saturday Oct. 3, the day of our event.  I am going to cancel the event and do it on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 pm. It is still a weather related event so your best bet is to call ahead to make sure.  One thing for sure is that they will be released on the next break in the weather.