Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm is located in the Lassen foothills east of Chico, where John & Armen Carlon have been farming 8.5 acres of blueberries (11,000 plants) on their 61 acre property, since 1989. They work very hard to grow their berries in a socially and environmentally responsible matter – using cultural practices that respect their watershed, wildlife and the wildlands that surround their farm, and paying wages that are above the state’s mandated minimum. With a newly added solar array to pump water, the Carlons are working to reduce off-farm inputs. They carefully selected blueberry varieties that grow well in their particular climate and location. This, combined with good soil, water, and organic practices, consistently produces berries of outstanding quality and flavor.
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Forest Ranch, CA 95942
www.sierracascadeblueberries.comForest Ranch, Butte County, CA 180 miles Clay loam Well and spring-fed pond John and Armen Carlon own and manage Sierra Cascade, and employ student interns to help manage the harvest. They typically employ 20-50 people each harvest season to hand-pick and pack the blueberries. They also hire a crew to prune the blueberries in the winter. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth since 1995 (one of the first certified organic blueberry farms in California) John and Armen strive to reduce off-farm inputs for fertilization and pest control, instead relying on various “ecosystem services” provided by wildlife and the surrounding environment. Animals, including mountain lions, bobcats, deer, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, birds and even gophers, provide a constant supply of urine and manure that activates the soil and fertilizes the farm. Native plants have come to outnumber exotics on the farm, providing ample, year-round habitat for beneficial insects and animals. Mower, Weed-Eater, and hand weeding 8.5 miles