A reader named Bill, from the Champlain Valley in Vermont, recently asked me for some information about starting a small blueberry farm in that area. For Bill and any other readers who are interested in blueberry farming, I put together a list of resources.
First, some general information about growing blueberries. The first three are books.
Grow the Best Blueberries
***Agricultural Marketing Research Center Blueberries Information Page. The AMRC brings together experts from three of the nation’s leading agricultural universities – Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of California – into a dynamic, electronically based center to create and present information about value-added agriculture. Their section on blueberries has an excellent compilation links about growing blueberries.
US Highbush Blueberry Council: The trade association for the U.S. blueberry industry.
Making Your Small Farm Profitable: Apply 25 Guiding Principles/Develop New Crops & New Markets/Maximize Net Profits Per Acre
Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach
The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
List of blueberry farms–Bill’s future competitors–from Vermont Living
Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association: The mission of the VV&BGA is to promote the economic, environmental and social sustainability of vegetable and berry farming in Vermont through education, promotion and communication among growers.
***UVM Berry production: An excellent compilation of links about growing blueberries from University of Vermont.
And finally, some Vermont-specific resources about farming.
UVM Extension. Located throughout the state, University of Vermont Extension links you to UVM and provides timely, research-based information and education. We strive to educate individuals and families, strengthen communities, and support agriculture and the environment.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA VT). NOFA Vermont is a non-profit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.
Good luck Bill, and any others, who are interested in blueberry farming. It sounds like a fabulous career change. Keep me posted on your progress.
Photo of blueberries courtesy of Oregon State University Food Resource.
*** Bill, if you’re having information overload, then I suggest you start with the two links that I asterisked, call Vern the extension agent, and go from there.