Swift Creek Berry Farm
|Address:|| 16716 Genito Road
Moseley, VA 23120
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Swift Creek Berry Farm is a U-pick blueberry farm located in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond. The 15-acre property is run by the Goode family. They grow native blueberries using ecological practices that produce clean fruit and protect the land. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description of it under the Details tab.
• What They Do: They grow Rabbiteye blueberries, which are a varietal native to the southeastern United States. During blueberry season, usually late June to August, the farm is open to the public for U-pick.
• Regenerative Practices: Swift Creek Berry Farm seems genuinely devoted to ecological practices and caring for the land that has been in the family since the late 1800s. While not certified organic, the family aims to produce clean fruit and encourages visitors to try the berries right out in the field. Caring for the plants is often done by hand, and weeds are kept under control by mowing and hoeing.
• Certifications: None.
Swift Creek Berry Farm is open to the public all year. This includes their greenhouse operation which is a few miles up the road, where they grow and sell annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants. For information about their blueberry picking please see their website or follow them on social media. Their berries are also available at several places in Richmond. Please click on the Places tab to find out where.
The Swift Creek Berry Farm property has been in the Goode family since the 1800s, when it was purchased by Joseph Tiberus Goode, who raised sheep, and grew tobacco and vegetables. Clyde and Kathryn Goode moved onto the property in the late 1970s and began farming it again when they planted the blueberries in the early 1980s.
David Goode, one of the Goode’s grown sons, also grows hops on the property, using ecological practices. The hops are sold to local and regional breweries.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm and discussion with the farm owners/operators.
• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.
Swift Creek Berry Farm is located in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond, near the Swift Creek Reservoir. The farm is owned and operated by the Goode family, and the land on which the farm resides has been in the family since the 1800s. Blueberries are the primary crop on the farm, which they grow using ecological practices and make available to the public in the summer for self-picking. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit the farm to learn first-hand what they do.
Spread out over about a dozen acres, lush blueberry bushes teem with fruit that has been coaxed along by the hands-on care of the Goode family. Clyde and Kathryn Goode run the farm, along with their grown children David, Jonathan, and Kimberly. They grow Rabbiteye varieties that are native to the southeastern United States. They are called Rabbiteyes because, before ripening to a deep blue, the berries turn pink and resemble the eyes of rabbits. Native fruit plants are important because they typically adapt better to the local climate and soil conditions, and can help better balance beneficial insects with pests, reducing the need for chemical sprays.
In this regard, Swift Creek Berry Farm - while not certified organic - aims to produce clean fruit and encourages visitors to try the berries right out in the field. Watering is done through drip irrigation which can help prevent the onset of mold and fungus. Weeds around the plants are keep under control through mowing, hoeing, and hand removal. At the end of the growing season all the bushes must be pruned, which the family does by hand. Pruning stimulates new growth for the next season and removes diseased canes.
With the farm surrounded by forests and in close proximity to a drinking water supply, the Goode family is mindful of its role in the local ecology. It is compliant with the Best Management Practices of the Virginia Department of Forestry. These practices focus on protecting water quality and forest and soil resources.
In the late 1800s, this land was purchased by Joseph Tiberus Goode, who raised sheep, and grew tobacco and vegetables. After his death, the land was no longer farmed until Clyde and Kathryn Goode built a home on it and began growing blueberries in the 1980s.
In addition to the blueberry farm, the family also operates several greenhouses a few miles down the road, where they grow and sell annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants. David Goode also grows hops as part of his company Piedmont Hops LLC. The hops are grown using organic materials, organic fertilizers, and other natural farming practices and they are sold to local and regional breweries.
For more information on picking blueberries, please see the Swift Creek Berry Farm website or follow them on social media to stay up-to-date on the opening and closing of the season.