Blueberry Update

Blueberry Bush Sponsors Requested

As the nurturing of the orchard and the blueberry plants continues we will be reinvigorating the orchard with new plants. Our blueberry Czar, Tom Johnson, has chosen a special variety for the orchard and our order has to be in on July 1st. Our goal is to plant 50 new bushes (although more would be welcome). Many thanks to those of you that have already become blueberry bush sponsors. We will be placing signage in the orchard to memorialize your gift.  PLEASE consider becoming a sponsor today for the 2017 plantings (note: this is separate from being a member!).  This is a wonderful program for any family with children or grandchildren. We will have a planting date this fall that we will announce to you in August. You can come and plant your bush as a family though we are more than happy to do this for you.  Dedicate your bush to your family or to a special friend as you see fit. Tags will be placed by you (or by us if you prefer) on each plant with the dedication or name as requested. You can then come and nurture, prune and cultivate your plant during our volunteer sessions or when you have time for a family hike! See it grow, fertilize it, prune it and pick its fruit. Show your children how the process works while creating family memories. We are already in the process of working on this project and are arranging for the areas that will be planted. Our goal is to replace lost bushes and if the support is large enough to create new rows of bushes as well. Holes will be dug and soil will be fed. For you, the sponsors, much or all of the work will be done. You can choose how involved to be with the project. Please come to the orchard and highlight the activities a farmer does for your children/grandchildren by planting a bush with them and coming back to reap its fruit. Note: We currently anticipate planting the bushes in late September, final dates will be determined. If you are concerned about the dates of this project and your availability please contact:  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript .

We will do our best to accommodate you.

Blueberry Season Update

The short but sweet 2017 blueberry picking season at Trout Brook Valley is coming up.  We have loveingly planted, fertilized and through an anonymous donation we are adding netting to a number of rows. We are hoping that our blueberry bushes will regain their former vigor. We will also be planting a new variety of blueberry bushes, chosen by Tom Johnson, this fall. Our order needs to be placed by July 1st. See below if you would like to sponsor a blueberry bush to help our Orchard grow.

MANY THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!!
Your pruning, fertilizing, weeding and mulching has been invaluable!

As a member/supporter of Aspetuck Land Trust you should be proud that your support makes experiences like this and so many other special moments in the woods possible.  It is you who we celebrate!  We are doing our best to try and keep the blueberry patch productive. We are continuing to consult with fruit experts at the University of Connecticut, conduct extensive soil testing and spread lime, potash and aged woodchips to the rows.  We will monitor the patch closely to address any pest issues we encounter.  Mother nature does not always cooperate, but we are grateful for your cooperation and support.  

If you would like to sponsor a blueberry bush, please click here.

 Enjoy!

Aspetuck Land Trust