Andrew and I have been given the opportunity to start a pick-your-own fruit farm! We have looked into it quite a bit, discussing things with my boss, (Owner of Butternut Farm, so he knows quite a bit about the business) checking out soil maps, elevation, and whatnot. The land that we have available is perfect for what we want to do! Right off we are going to plow about 3/4s of an acre, and plant strawberries this coming June. We are also planning on putting in peach trees, apple trees, blueberry bushes, and raspberry bushes. Tonight we went and sprayed an herbicide (a very mild chemical that only affects certain enzymes in plants) in the field that we are going to plow to clear it of weeds. A picture of the field is below:
That should clear it in a few days, and next weekend we will most likely be preparing it for a cover crop of rye grass, which will protect and provide the field over the winter and provide much needed nutrients in the spring when we till it under.
So look us up in June of 2013! We should have a strawberry crop and maybe a couple blueberries and raspberries available to pick from.