Bee Berry Farm covers 19 lovely acres in Giles County. Three acres are in Northern Highbush blueberries – our plants range from two to twenty years old. Cultivars include Collins, Blueray, Bluejay, Bluecrop, Darrow, Spartan, and Toro.
Formerly Bob and Pat Adam’s Idyllease Farm, we have a great appreciation for what they’ve done. We were Sinking Creek Farm from 2007 to 2013 – but there are way too many Sinking Creek businesses, plus no one seemed to be able to remember our farm name! We have bees, we have berries, hence…Bee Berry Farm.
When we’re not at the ol’ Blueberry Ranch, we’re at our jobs as faculty at Virginia Tech – my discipline is Horticulture and Joel’s is Plant Pathology – we’re both part of the new School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.
We are knowledgeable of and committed to sustainable horticultural practices. Proper management is essential to successful blueberry production – maintaining a low soil pH with regular applications of elemental sulfur (OMRI listed as “organic approved”), irrigating during drought, pruning, etc. And then the birds come… Blueberries have been fairly pest-free; we have not had to use pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, any-cides) of any kind. We have several hives of honeybees and their health and productivity is very important to the pollination of the blueberries (as well as a hearty population of native bumbles and other bee pollinators). Pesticides and bees don’t mix.
The highlight of our summer is the four- to six-week window of blueberry season with the opportunity to share this unique crop – we welcome both new customers and old friends to come pick with us and enjoy the mountain views.
– Holly Scoggins