Joel Shuman and Holly Scoggins
1588 Blue Grass Trail, Newport, VA 24128
Bee Berry Farm covers 19 lovely acres in Giles County. Four acres are in Northern Highbush blueberries – their plants range from two to twenty years old. Cultivars include Collins, Blueray, Bluejay, Bluecrop, Darrow, Spartan, and Toro.
They have bees, they have berries, hence…Bee Berry Farm.
Bee Berry Farm is 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”.