Larry Stepp Sr. & Larry Stepp Jr.
Stepp’s Plants Etc.
Grant Award: $6,000 — Berry Irrigation Project
The Stepps are expanding their three-acre berry operation with 1,500 raspberry plants, 200 blueberry plants and 8,000 crowns of asparagus. They are also adding drip irrigation to their berries and the test block of asparagus.
The non-splash irrigation helps the farm meet food safety standards and boost berry yields so that the Stepps can meet demands of wholesale markets and local jelly/jam makers. They also sell to approximately 1,000 visitors to their farm.