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Charlene and Bruce have an established cherry orchard with about 5000 plants at Imperial located at a mid point between Regina, Saskatoon, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada. In 2011 we acquired eight honey bee hives and produced some 1600 pounds of honey. We thought the bees would help pollinate the cherry plants. Since then we have learned a lot about the bee world. If you want more information about pollination go to a Royal Sask Museum blog. As bee research continues we may go out of the honey bee business. Most of our raspberry plants were destroyed by the flooding in 2014.
Why cherries on the prairies? Why not? See our story.We believe strongly in working with nature to produce a safe healthy food for consumers. Reduced reliance on chemicals was a strong motivator in selecting the U of S developed cherries.
Our main orchard is in grassland. Rows were planted in cultivated strips inside an eight foot high deer exclusion fence. HBA utilizes water in a trickle irrigation system under plastic mulch (in the establishment years) that is environmentally friendly in that it uses a minimal amount of water with reduced evaporation. "The U of S cherries benefit from added water in the first three years of establishment"; and is an option beyond that phase in our orchards.
Our farm gets its inputs handcrafted from the air, sun, and the earth. Our love for our family, as you love your family, allows us to overcome adversity, be part of a healthy community, and, most of all, we are proud to be able to provide a product that you and your family will love.
In 2011 we started developing a processing area to rinse, sort, pit, and freeze cherries. Our primary product, dehydrated cherries, is also done in this sanitary facility located on our farm...from farm to fork. We grow the cherries, harvest them, process, freeze. dehydrate, and package on our farm.