$3,000 — Blackberry Production to Diversify Farm Income
Frank is adding a half an acre of blackberries to his vegetable and landscaping plants operation. In between the rows, he is planting strips of flowering perennials, including several clovers, dwarf alyssums and yarrows.
These form a low growing vegetative cover between rows to hold soil moisture and prevent erosion, and provide nectar to honeybees, native solitary bees and predatory wasps. He primarily sells his blackberries at Asheville area tailgate markets.