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Full Name
Becca Holmes & Joe Gorman
Member for
1 year 4 months
Joe is interested in continuing development of perennial crops and expanding the range of tropical fruiting crops (e.g. hardy fruiting bananas & passionfruit).
Mailing Address

Pollinator Produce Partners
2196 Bishoptown Rd
Duffield, VA 24244
United States

Educational Background
Studied Horticulture at West Virginia University, specializing in nontimber forest products.
Volunteer Background
Becca & Joe studied environmental science, horticulture, landscape architecture, and permaculture and now run a diversified CSA, Pollinator Produce Partners.

Our farm is a mix of fields and forests with diverse hydrology and soil types.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Our niche is in unusual vegetables - we're one of the only growers in the area selling anything other than corn, beans, squash, or tomatoes. We've been encouraged by our customers' willingness to try new things and want to keep pushing the envelope in the direction of perennial & tree crops.

Springs are shortening and autumns are lengthening, so quick-bolting crops like spinach only have an extended harvest season in the fall.

Summers are fairly cool and wet and we've had little success with crops that like a lot of heat, such as okra.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
2-5 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Big field (1 - 5 acre)
Soil Details
Fertile areas not already in production are mostly wooded; alkaline soils are from a limestone scree and have little organic matter; sandy areas are mostly adjacent to a spring and saturated much of the time.

We have one 12*24' seed starting tunnel with automated irrigation, heat and ventilation, three 14*28' vegetable production tunnels with drip irrigation, relocating an insulated attached 12*16' glass greenhouse in 2019, and are erecting a 30*72' high tunnel every year starting in 2019 until we run out of places for them.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Possibly other suspected GMO cattle feed crops
Micropropagation & grafting