Lessons learned and other inspirations
Bow Hill Blueberries thrives on five acres and innovation
Is bigger really better? The philosophy “small is beautiful” advocates for small, appropriately-applied technologies that empower people. As compared to "bigger is better" types of thinking, staying small poses unique advantages for people, planet, and profit.
Case in point, Bow Hill Blueberries Farm is supporting a viable berry-growing and processing business on just five acres and thriving in the competitive world of growing food. The farm’s owners Harley and Susan Soltes realized that their small farm on the fringes of Skagit Valley needed to change it up in order to survive. What did they do to make it work?
All in all, the farm’s sustainable agriculture experiment is working. Innovation has been one of the keys to growing their business. With their sights on the future, the owners, Harley and Susan Soltes, plan to expand their processing business by buying heirloom berries from other farms and experimenting with new value-added products to bring to the market.
Kulshan Services is offering services in bringing sustainable business planning to farms, helping them take actions to comply with new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations, and coaching them through the organic certification process.
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Read how Bow Hill Blueberries is getting the attention of other farmers interested in how small, value-added farming can work in a world of big, conventional agriculture in the April 2, 2018 article in the Bellingham Herald.
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