Note to readers, attached is a complete final report for FNE01-392.
The goals of Green Heron Farm’s project included using winter-kill oats to nurse a substantial planting of dutch white clover. Overall, this allowed us to prepare our plots as desired, with living/non-living mulch. This early May 2001, we planted a total of 1/2 acre strawberries and 1 1/2 acres blueberries. The purpose in choosing strawberries was in order to establish a bond with the surrounding community, through PYO production. This has becoming increasingly important as to date we have no intention with the public, due to the fact that we currently sell our vegetables wholesale, mainly to the Boston area. Strawberries seemed like a good choice- they are perennial and can do well on hilly terrain as well as prevent erosion. Similarly, our decision to grow blueberries seemed strong, as they are a popular permaculture, sure to draw people to PYO. In terms of organic production, they are grown with relative ease and effort. To state this simply, Green Heron is 100% organic farm looking to supplement our marginal existence. Planting strawberries and blueberries into oats/white clover is an experiment specific to our farm. The use of oats/ white clover is to eliminate, or greatly reduce weed populations. This is vital, as we are commercial farmers with no time to spare during the growing season. The planting of these berries seems a natural step towards successful diversification.