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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Second Weeding Work Party May 31 10AM to 3PM

Posted 5/28/2008 9:45pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
On Saturday May 24th we held our first Weeding Work party and it was very successful and fun. We weeded more than half the rows! Thanks to Jim, Robin, Bob, Sue, Ted, Kate, Amy, and Karen C for pitching in.

We will be holding a second Weeding Work Party to be held this Saturday May 31st from 10 to 3. We’ll continue to blitz through the raspberry beds and have them weeded and mulched so there is plenty of room for the new growth coming on. This time we will be working earlier in the day for cooler temperatures and less chance of showers.

 We intend to barter for weeding labor this year and give our community an opportunity to participate in the work of growing berries. We will trade a $5.00 share coupon for every half-hour of work, redeemable for products from our farm as listed below. Any time this Saturday that you have available from a half hour to a half day for weeding and mulching is fine. Please come between 10 AM and 3 PM on May 31st with sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and your favorite weeding tool or hand clippers.  

The following are items we have to offer in exchange for helping us with the raspberry beds. Quantities are limited; everything is organically grown.

Available for redeeming your coupons this Saturday:
Raspberry plants
Wildflower and Sourwood Honey
U-Pick Strawberries
U-Pick Pie Cherries

Redeemable later in the season (we’ll write share coupons):
U-pick Mulberries (June)
(The cherries, strawberries, and mulberries are exclusively available to Work Party participants)
U-Pick Raspberries (June or September)
U-Pick Blueberries (July)
We-Pick Asian Pears (September)

In addition we will place workers who come to the Weeding Work Party on a special mailing list for first notification of openings for U-Pick Berries. (With a smaller berry crop, there may be times we will open by invitation only and not open to the public)
Please email us at jkqualla@verizon.net if you can come, or call 828-389-3551 for more information.
Remember that we have a new and improved website at www.quallaberryfarm.com where people can add their names to the mailing list and get directions, picking updates, and recipes.

Happy Gardening!
Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke