Archive for March, 2012

Health Benefits of Blueberries

March 30, 2012

Here is a fun interactive page on health benefits of blueberries.

Great for kids and fun for adults, with sound effects!

http://bit.ly/lqmy7k 

Growing Blueberry Knowledge via Social Networks

March 29, 2012

Great job Denise, et al.! Full article available at:  http://bit.ly/H1eKs9

Abstract
The All About Blueberries Community of Practice (CoP) is being built to guide blueberry producers in the southeastern region of the United States in methods to maximize productivity, decrease production costs, and increase the marketability of their crops. A CoP is defined as blueberry producers—both backyard and commercial—distributors and consumers, both adult and youth. The CoP is incorporating the best existing extension publications and developing new research-based extension recommendations related to blueberry production and consumption. The primary goal is to increase blueberry production and consumption of blueberries. The general public is inundated with information via the World-Wide Web. According to a survey by http://www.netcraft.com, 132,469 websites were added each day in 2009. The number of active websites increased by more than 300% between 2005 and 2009. For this project, Google alerts are being used to notify the CoP of blueberry information as it is posted online. The information is then summarized and posted to a WordPress blog. Postings on the blog are automatically posted to the Facebook fan page and then to a Twitter feed. All of these resources are free to use and free to access. The consumer audience prefers to receive information via a variety of channels, and this allows for optimizing the reach of the project. After the launch of the All About Blueberries site on the http://www.extension.org website, the CoP will transition to sharing the websites posted online as the primary resource of information. The CoP’s goal is to build credibility as expert sources of information via these social networking tools and increase traffic to the extension.org website when it is published.

 

Fun summer activities for kids

March 29, 2012

Spring and summer are the time to get outdoors and enjoy the world. Here are some fun summer activities with kids that teach them about organic gardening, nutrition, conservation, and more:

 

Blueberry Youth: http://bit.ly/nc2VcP

Organic Blueberry Salads?

March 28, 2012

Yes, they really do exist, and they really are good. Surprise friends and family with this and other blueberry recipes: http://bit.ly/tRr7Pg

Proper Mulching of Blueberry Bushes

March 28, 2012

The appropriate amount of mulch helps to control weeds, cool soil, add nutrients, & retain water.

Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/GWUkcK

Can you overwater your blueberries?

March 27, 2012

Or could you underwater them?

Find out about proper drainage and irrigation for blueberries here: http://bit.ly/H7VLL8

 

Advice for backyard organic blueberry growers

March 20, 2012

Most of us don’t have a farm or make a living selling fruit and produce, but we still want the joy and satisfaction of raising our own fruits and vegetables. Here is a good list of articles with advice to the backyard blueberry grower, everything from keeping weeds away to what kind of mulch you should use.

http://bit.ly/GAyAFX

Now is the time to plant blueberries! And here is how…

March 19, 2012

Get your blueberries in and ready for the season.

Advice on planting blueberries (organic and conventional): videos, how to choose, how to establish, how to grow, and a list of nurseries that sell stock.

All at one location: http://bit.ly/FQon6J

Video: How to Fertilize Blueberry Bushes Organically

March 16, 2012

Organic fertilizers are best for blueberry bushes, as they stay in the ground longer when sprinkled directly over the root line. Feed a blueberry bush every few months using an acidic organic fertilizer with help from a professional landscape designer, James Sheridan, in this free video.

http://bit.ly/wPaNyH 

 

From: http://www.extension.org

 

Controversy over the size of a Blueberry Festival? Seriously!

March 16, 2012

http://bit.ly/zgTGnB

The town of Brooksville, FL expects 30,000 people to show up to its Blueberry Festival on 4-6 May. They have set aside 12 square blocks of downtown for “entertainment pavilions, five stages for live music, kids activity booths and about 150 vendors.”

Some local business owners feel a little under informed and would like a bit more information about the expected hordes of blueberry munchers. But never fear, there is plenty of time work out the details and make sure everyone has a good time.