Growing Blueberries

This publication focuses on organic blueberry production, specifically the highbush and rab-biteye species, and is most relevant to production conditions east of the Rocky Mountains. It does not go deeply into many of the basics of blueberry culture — variety choice, planting, pruning and training—which are largely the same under both organic and conventional management. Such general information is available from the Cooperative Extension Service and many horticulture books, periodicals, and bulletins. Nor does this publication address organic production of lowbush blueberries. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and K-Ag Laboratories International in Wisconsin both have information on organic culture of native, unimproved lowbush blueberries. (See the Electronic Resources section of this publication for contact information.)

While anyone may choose to grow organically, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) now regulates the labeling, marketing, and record-keeping procedures of all products labeled as organic. If you have a commercial farm and plan to market your produce as organic, you will need to be certified, unless your gross farm income is less than $5000. To learn about organic certification and the steps involved in it, read ATTRA's Organic Farm Certification & the National Organic Program.

Blueberries adapt well to organic culture. Production costs may be somewhat higher using organic methods, but this can be effectively counterbalanced by premium prices. Many cultural practices, such as the use of deep mulching and sodded row-middles, work for both conventional and organic blueberry production systems, offering a more sustainable approach to commercial horticulture.

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