About the Berry Patch Farm
The Berry Patch Farm
62785 280th Street
Nevada, Iowa 50201
(515) 382-5138 or 877-382-5138
Dean and Judy Henry realized a dream by establishing the Berry Patch Farm in the early 1970s. Today you'll see Judy at the markets, Dean on the tractors, and their son Mike at the stand and picking the freshest harvest. Throughout the Berry Patch you'll see the personal touches of each individual involved.
We grow strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, vegetables, apples, and more: see what we harvest when.
The Berry Patch is known for its fine produce and innovative techniques. At the farm you won't find carnival rides, cotton candy, or silly entertainment to detract from the genuine quiet of the country. We focus our energy on growing good food and being good stewards of the land.
Innovative Agriculture Merging with Nature
A pragmatic approach to organic, sustainable farming.
Dean is a scientist at heart, who thrives on knowledge and challenge. He studies the latest methods and tests techniques to raise the best produce in ways that are healthy for the land.
We use sustainable farming techniques in all of our crops. Some are produced organically and other crops are produced utilizing the latest integrated pest management techniques (IPM). We use a great deal of compost for fertilizer and weed control. Drip irrigation makes the best use of our pure well water to produce top quality apples and berries for you.
Awards and Mentions
The Berry Patch Farm has been awarded the District Soil Conservation Award.
- INDEPENDENCE IN A SUSTAINABLE IOWA BERRY PATCH - excerpt: "Besides using disease-free hybrids to reduce spraying, Henry sometimes applies organic approved, nontoxic insecticides and experiments with compost as a high-quality fertilizer and weed suppressant. Upcoming learning opportunities include a joint venture with Iowa State University in researching recipes and applications for compost tea, and expanding compost usage in his day-to-day operations,"
in Iowa: The Berry Patch Farm - excerpt: "I also like
buying from the Berry Patch Farm because of the Henry family’s
attitude towards their land. Dean says that he wants to make
the land better than when they bought it and his use of drip
irrigation (where possible), Integrated Pest Management (IPM),
and organic-style practices indicate that he practices what he
preaches. Not ones to follow the crowd, Dean and Judy aren’t
trying for organic certification, so if that is important to
you, their produce won’t be up your alley. For my money
though, I’d pick a locally, responsibly grown product over an
organic product from Chile any day. Why? If I want to know how
that blueberry I’m about to put in my mouth was grown, I can
visit the farm and ask Dean.
Currently most of their blueberries and raspberries are raised using organic practices and the use of IPM allows the farm to minimize the use of chemicals. IPM is labor-intensive, requiring pest and plant health monitoring, record-keeping, and a large degree of knowledge about both the pests and the plants. By using IPM Dean estimates that he has reduced the amount of chemicals used for pest control to 20 percent of what he used when he started farming."
- Area farm is growing a big blue crop this year - excerpt: "The treasure I speak of is blueberries, some of them as big around as nickels.... The Henrys are always experimenting with something to improve the quality and quantity of their produce!... But for the Henrys, this farm is more than just a way to make a living. Growing fresh fruit and helping those who come to the farm is truly a labor of love."
Patch Farm featured this October in the Joan Bice Underwood
Tearoom, ISU University Extenstion - excerpt:
"Sustainable farming techniques are used in all crops. Some
are produced organically and other crops are produced
utilizing the latest integrated pest management techniques
(IPM). Drip irrigation makes the best use of our pure well
water to produce top quality apples and berries."
We are active members of:
- Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
- North American Strawberry Growers Association
- Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
- Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)
- North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (board of directors)
- Wisconsin Berry Growers
- Illinois Speciality Growers
- Michigan Horticulture Society
We look forward to meeting you at the farm and markets.