About Local Food

Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org

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Raspberry May update

Posted 5/17/2009 9:25pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

John and David just finished weeding so we are already mulched and now are digging plants for potting up to sell at the upick and farmers markets.  Bees are busy pollinating the raspberry flowers and the wet weather and cool spring after that blast of heat has been helpful.  Plants are looking happy and it looks like a good crop.  Our strawberries are not strong enough for a upick but I may sell some at the farmers market if I am organized and the slugs dont take our crop.  Mulberry tree has green dangly fruit and cherries are green and prolific.  I am planting our regular garden veggies and flowers and experimenting with gooseberries and currants at our Georgia property where the Ribes family is legal to plant. We lost some blueberries in the last freeze but will have a gracious plenty, just not like last year which was super abundant.  All is well and it looks like mid-June will be a good raspberry picking time. 

  I am teaching a Folk School class in Organic Gardening this August 2009 and will be teaching about fall/winter gardening and growing berries also.  Contact the John Campbell Folk school if you are at all interested.  We will be preparing beds for fall and winter greens, sowing seeds for perennial herbs and flowers, dividing bulbs, and sowing cover crops. Late summer has lots of wonderful food to be harvested, planted and grown throughout the winter.  There is also a June 7th-12th permaculture class with Chcuc Marshall and another class on creating wild plant sanctuaries with Jennifer Cordier the same week.  Go to www.folkschool.org for more information on the many wonderful classes in gardening being offered, as well as all their great craft courses.  My friend stayed for two different weeks and had such fun and learned a lot about kaleidoscopes and then making amazing colored clays.  So much to do in this world.  Hope everyone is enjoying the season and we will see you soon.