Honeyberry Fruit
 

Honeyberry Farm Profile

The Honeyberry Farm's webstore, HoneyberryUSA, was launched in the fall of 2010 from the log cabin of Jim & Bernis Ingvaldson, located 25 miles west of Bemidji, MN, and 25 miles north of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. With our international connections, (Bernis originated in Canada, Jim in the USA!) we aspire to provide the best selection of cold hardy fruit trees to our customers. Our U-Pick orchard offers delicious fruit all summer and fall. Find out more about us at: Brief Farm History, The Honeyberry Farm blog and Honeyberry Farm video on Community Connections.

WWOOFers


We enjoy having guest helpers on the farm. Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a great way to connect farmers with volunteers. Read more about our experiences here.

Deer Control

 

We put up 7 1/2' woven wire (sheep netting). Deer like to nibble fresh growth on the honeyberries, but they totally prune the cherries. Rain diminished the effect of Plantskyd (blood repellent). Maybe we didn't apply enough. We heard that a liquid mixture of shaved Irish Spring and water applied after each rain is very effective for all nibblers, including rabbits. We personally haven't had much trouble with rabbits but this Garden Web forum has an interesting discussion, from Irish Spring soap on a rope to egg sprays to scented toilet tank cleaners.


.. Bird Control

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Full Overhead Bird Netting Instructions, complements of Bob Thaden, Tongue River Vineyard & Winery, Miles City, MT. Bob says, "If you do it right, you’ll never regret it, and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!!"


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Bailer netting strung from wire was effective at one U-Pick in Canada. Shower curtain hooks clamped the netting to the wire.

Bird Control on Grape and Tender Fruit Farms from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture gives a comprehensive overview and mentions that "robins and cedar waxwings are hardly repelled at all" by scare-eye balloons. The more indepth report EVALUATION OF THE EFFICACY OF PRODUCTS AND TECHNIQUES FOR AIRPORT BIRD CONTROL from Transport Canada reports that lasers are not especially effective and may be harmful to humans.


Rodent Control

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Plantra tubes work great.

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Unprotected young Borealis honeyberry chewed by mice during the winter of 2010.

Gardeners in Alaska personally recommended Lowe's Arbor Edge #92700 for both mouse and weed control. The 27" plastic shield apparently deters mice from tunneling towards the tree trunk. But this wouldn't deter the rabbits.


Weed Control

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Plantra Weed Barriers are a great option.

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Jim acquired a weed badger to go on his new 38 hp Kubota tractor. Our first year we used a heavy duty rototiller along the edges of the 3' strips, and a light rototiller shallow closer to the plants, and a lot of hand pulling on the 700 plants.


Wind and Rain

Heavy wind and rain can take down berries.

Fertilization

Foliar Spraying Tips


Honeyberry Berry Picking

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It takes at least 15 minutes to pick a quart of berries so that's over an hour for a 5 quart ice cream pail. Shake & drop is a lot faster, but then you have to pick debris (leaves and twigs) out of the berries. So it all depends if you want to enjoy the great outdoors and pick the berries clean, or get in out of the sun and pick off the debris in the shade! (Berry Blue pictured at left)


Harvesting other berries

We're interested in trying some shakers like this Italian harvester