There are a few more "public" u-pick days open in 2012. See Calendar link here or on our homepage.
Each season is different in the berry field, depending on the elements! Most years, in order to preserve the quality of the U-pick experience at Finnriver, we are not open to the public for general picking. However, you can volunteer to do one day Farm Service and gain membership in the U-pick Berry Collective. Your one day of service on the farm will give you the opportunity to spend many sweet summer days picking berries at an affordable price and by the honor system!
For more information about the BERRY COLLECTIVE, please email us.
Keep informed about next year's picking opportunities by signing up for our email Newsletter.
The Berry Collective
"A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective."
We see the bounty of the farm as our common objective. Join the Berry Collective to be a part of both sustaining and enjoying Finnriver's berry crop!
Here's how it works:
- Folks who volunteer at least ONE DAY (or equivalent trade) of service will automatically gain membership into the Berry Collective and earn summer U-Pick blueberry access to the farm. You offer your service to help the farm, and the farm offers you the unique opportunity of the reduced cost and great joy of U-pick.
- Volunteering may take the form of field or administrative labor. Picking, planting, sweeping, pruning, mulching, weeding. If you are not interested in the physical labor, we have other "indoor" jobs as well. Folks have also volunteered to do financial services, yoga for our farm crew, chiropractic, computer consulting and more-- and these services can all be considered forms of Farm Service as well.
- The "volunteer year" will run from September to June. Currently, we are scheduling Farm Service days on many thursdays and by special event. We send announcements out to our email list (sign up via email). Service must be completed by the end of June in order to qualify for that summer's Collective.
- We will ask volunteers to contact the farm at email@example.com or by phone at 732-6822 to confirm dates/times of Farm service. Bring a water bottle, lunch picnic, work gloves, rain-gear, sun-hat but NO DOGS and NO SMOKING please. Review the Safety Considerations on the Farm Visits page, too please.
Feel free to contact us with questions.
We hope this format allows the Berry Collective to build stronger connections to the farm. And we think the berries will like the loving attention from so many good folks!