Get out of your business for the day to network with your peers, take a tour of Champaign Berry innovative farm, enjoy one-on-one time with industry vendors, get the information you need to stay current on food safety regulations, and HAVE SOME FUN. Yes, it's okay to have some fun! You work hard every day. The OPGMA Summer Tour gives you the opportunity to combine work and play. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1 PM Board Meeting
3 PM Tour of Champaign Berry Farm
4 PM Program: Sanja Ilic and Melanie Lewis Ivey
Update on Food Safety, Research, Education, and Funding in Ohio
4:45 PM Farm Tours to Continue
5:30 PM Dinner: Meat, Beverages, and Table Service provided. Please bring a covered dish!
CHAMPAIGN BERRY FARM BACKGROUND
Original Planting at 345 N. Mutual Union Rd.
· Five acres planted in 1994 and 1995
· Owners and operators – Mike, Cathy, Matt and Kent Pullins
· Varieties include Jewel, Haut, MacBlack
· Marketing – 85% pick your own
· Weed control – Casaron, supplemented with Surflan and Princep. Poast is applied mid-season to control annual grasses
· Watering – drip irrigation with water from tile line supplemented by well
· Customer response was up significantly in 2002. Over 33% of customers are from the Columbus area
· Small planning of Chester Blackberries included in this operation
½ of planting was removed in 2005 and will be replanted in 2006 to several varieties of red raspberries
Newer Planting at 2560 S. Mutual Union Rd.
· 23 acres planted in June and July of 2002 and 2003
· Location – 35 miles from downtown Columbus on State Route 29, near intersections of State Route 161 and State Route56. Within 25 miles of Springfield, London, Urbana, Marysville, Bellefontaine and Sidney
· Soil – Warsaw, well drained and underlain with gravel
· Soil preparation – 3 tons per acre gypsum and 3 tons per acre composted chicken manure applied in the row and tilled in prior to formation of beds
· Weed Control – 2 quarts Surflan over the row after planting supplemented by hand spraying of Roundup
· Varieties – 7 acres of tissue culture “Jewel” planted as dormant plugs, nursery matured and life plugs. 11 acres of tissue culture Mac Black planted as live plugs. 3 acres of tissue culture Titan planted as nursery matured and live plugs. 1-acre blackberries and 1-acre blueberries.
· Planted on 2-foot beds, 8 inches high with rows 10 feet apart. Plants 30 inches apart in the row.
· Watering – electronically controlled buried drip system installed by Trickle EEZ. Capacity is 250 gallons per minute from a 7.5 horsepower submersible pump. Fertilizer injection system
· Borders planted to prairie grasses and prairie flowers and enrolled in the Conservation Reserve filter strip program.
· Row aisles seeded with hard fescue.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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