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Mother Nature Was Unkind to Strawberry Growers this Season

After an abysmal season for Florida strawberry growers, BerryStacks has decided not to go for a command performance next year. The farm will likely still be run by KYV Farm, but no strawberries will be planted. Instead, there will be … Continue reading

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Big Changes for BerrryStacks in 2014

Two years of hydroponic farming have taught me plenty: first, I would have to know a lot more about farming in general to reach any level of mastery; second, it’s time to let a more experienced farmer take the reins. … Continue reading

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Counting Days

We are counting the days till our re-opening on Thursday, November 29. The strawberry plants are looking great, and we have already trimmed blossoms and immature berries from two of our four cultivars. This will allow the plants a little … Continue reading

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BerryStacks Season 2 Premiers November 29! (Sneak Preview)

Having reached the end of a grueling Florida summer, we are gearing up for what we most love; providing a fun place for folks to forage for fresh, delicious food! The strawberry plants are letting us know how happy they … Continue reading

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Lesson Learned

Veteran Florida farmers we met over the last year all told us, “We don’t even try to grow anything in the summer here.” After weeks and weeks of fighting high heat, hot nights, stifling humidity, and bugs in numbers rivaling … Continue reading

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Tomatoes Hint at How Summer Should be Spent?

I’m scratching my head this week, trying to recall what possessed me to move to a sub-tropical climate. Heat stress is definitely affecting the tomatoes and peppers. While healthy, they appear to be sitting quietly, with little or no desire … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Time of Year (Not!)

Working in the field in 90+ degree temperatures is difficult. The black landscape fabric we use for ground cover magnifies the heat by 10 to 15 degrees. It is now too hot to work barefoot :-(.  It takes a lot … Continue reading

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Transition

Mirriam-Webster, (of whom I am no particular fan), defines the word “transition” as the “passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another: change: a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another”. It’s a … Continue reading

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Hydroponic Plants are Rigorous, Engaging Teachers

Plants communicate their needs plainly and simply. In a hydroponic system of growing, these communications are sudden; almost loud, to those who are listening. We must respond quickly and respond correctly. An ignored request for more/less water, more/less nitrogen, more/less … Continue reading

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Previews of Summer

While farmers in the north are readying themselves for big Summer harvests, it occurs to us that Summer means something very different to Florida farmers. We are told that it’s just too hot to grow many things here during the … Continue reading

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