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 We began Brambleberry Farm in the fall of 2003 on land that Esprí’s parents generously share with us in the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. We started out as primarily a market garden and CSA, producing (non-certified) organic produce using no-till methods, and avoiding petroleum-based machinery such as tractors and tillers, which may compact the garden soil when over-used. While we were supporting ourselves with annual produce production we were also developing a complex food forest of perennial fruit trees and berries, which became the propagation base for our current fruit, nut, and berry nursery. Since building our strawbale house on an adjacent area of the property we have begun developing new permaculture systems around the new house. Our old garden beds have become an opportunity for a farm incubator project, and we are focusing our efforts on permaculture systems around our new house as well as our hand-crafted wooden kitchen utensil business.

Currently we are developing a 3.5 acre pasture by rotating different species of livestock through it to improve the soil with their grazing, manure, and trampling behaviors. In 2010 we planted mixed orchard rows running N-S on 60’ centers within this system to increase the yields of the given acreage once the trees mature. Over the years we have experimented with grazing cattle, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese in this system, but at the moment we are limiting the grazers to cattle, rabbits, poultry, and occasional feeder hogs.

Education and support for homesteaders and market gardeners is a large part of our mission. We do this through affordable consulting servicesinternships, and tours.

Brambleberry Farm

Brambleberry Farm is a small permaculture-based nursery and market farm. We sell fruit, nut and berry plants. We sell plants from the farm by appointment only (we do not have a regular storefront at the farm at this time). We offer consulting services and educational tours of the farm and our strawbale house.
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Brambleberry Farm3 days ago
Find the latest inventory video here:
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Brambleberry Farm2 weeks ago
This week's plant inventory video is up!
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Brambleberry Farm Plant Inventory, March 29, 2024
Wherein I walk through the nursery and show what plants are currently available
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Brambleberry Farm3 weeks ago
I spent a bit of time sexing and tagging spicebush shrubs today. They're almost done flowering so now is the time to get out there! Spicebush is dioecious (separate male and female plants), and you need one of each to get berries. Spicebush grows well from seed, but it takes years before you get flowers to tell if they're male or female. We like to propagate them from cuttings taken from known male and female plants so that our customers know what they're getting. Persimmons are another popular dioecious plant, and we get a lot of questions every year about how to sex them. In general, male plants produce more flowers than females, and the flowers are usually smaller. But the main identifier is the presence of the ovary in the female flowers. It will usually look sort of like a little mini version of the fruit that it will turn into. Spicebush are tricky since the flowers are small, but persimmons are very obvious.

Edit to add: with persimmons, you don't usually need a male, but you do need to know how to id the females if you don't have grated female varieties.

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Brambleberry Farm4 weeks ago
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Opening for the season this Saturday, March 23rd, 9-5! I'm calling it a soft opening because we don't have all our plants out yet, due to weather. Conventional fruit trees are all out, all the nut trees and most of the berries. We are able to access many of the frost tender plants for you. They're in the greenhouses and root cellar still. But there are some things under greenhouse benches that are too packed in to reach.

*Oops for those of you with sharp eyes, the scientific name for ramps is Allium tricoccum, not Mertensia virginica 🤦‍♀️ (that's Virginia bluebells)
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Brambleberry Farm2 months ago
Our scionwood and cutting order deadline is fast approaching! Friday, March 1st will be your last opportunity to order for shipping. We'll continue to sell scionwood for pickup at the farm throughout the spring, but we don't like to ship once temperatures start to rise. Get your orders in!

(Picture of a previous year's rhubarb for attn - ours isn't quite that far along yet, but it will be soon!)
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Brambleberry Farm2 months ago
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Scionwood inventory will be updated this afternoon at 4 pm Eastern. The pawpaws sold out almost immediately last week, so I'm happy to say we will be listing a few more. We mostly have more 'Mango', but I will also list just a couple more 'Sunsprout' and 'Tropical Treat.' There are a number of out-of-stock persimmons that I'll be refilling, including 'Dr Kazas', 'Geneva Long', 'I-115', 'Prok', 'Ichi Ki Kei Jiro', 'Coffee Cake', 'Korea Kaki', 'Zima Khurma', and 'Rosseyanka'. Very limited quantities on some of those. If you've already placed an order and don't want to pay shipping twice we can combine shipping. Use code "COMBINESHIPPING" at checkout and in your address line include the phrase "combine shipping" to alert us that this is a second order.

* We will start shipping out scionwood orders on Monday February 12th *

Brambleberry Eco-grown Nursery Stock

Since starting Brambleberry Farm in 2003 we have raised a multitude of fruit and berry plants to fruition with only organic practices. We selectively plant out only disease-resistant cultivars and species to boost our chances at overcoming many disease and pest pressures in our humid Midwest climate. What we offer for sale are mostly the plants we’ve had on-the-ground success with, but also some that are not bearing yet but have good potential to be grown successfully without the use of synthetic sprays. 

As ecological farmers, we feel very strongly about the importance of living soils . We grow our plants in potting mix containing a high volume of live compost , peat moss, pine bark nuggets, composted chicken manure and alfalfa meal. We believe that these plants are much healthier, happier, and less prone to insect, disease, and drought pressures as a result of their living soil. In addition, they will inoculate your own soils wherever you plant them with beneficial microorganisms and fungi!

Newly grafted fruit trees, seedlings, and hardwood cuttings

Hours:

We keep regular hours during the months of April through June: open 9-5 Saturdays, and 9-5 “Call Ahead” hours on weekdays. “Call Ahead” hours means that we are open for business, but occasionally are away from the farm, so you should
call us before you come just in case we’re out running errands.  During the months of July-October we usually have call ahead hours as well, see our Facebook page for updates.  We are also willing to make appointments outside of these hours if necessary, please either message us, call us or email us to schedule an appointment.  We can make appointments any day of the week (except Sundays).

How to Purchase Plants:

Come visit us at the farm! We do not ship plants and we do not take orders.  We carry a very large selection of unique plants and varieties, each in relatively small quantity.  This makes pre-ordering difficult—we prefer for customers to come browse in person.  However many of our customers drive over an hour to reach us, so please don’t hesitate to message us, call us or email us to make sure we have what you’re looking for in stock or to schedule an appointment if you can’t make it on a regular open hours day. You can purchase gift certificates at our Square online store to be redeemed here at the farm.

Exceptions to the no shipping rule: in season we will ship scionwood, comfrey root cuttings, and tubers such as sunchokes.

Delivery

We DO NOT SHIP plants.  We can arrange door-to-door delivery for large orders.  Delivery fees for door-to-door service are the same as driving rates for consulting. This could be worth your while if you are interested in a personal consultation for your landscape or garden.

Pricing

The State of Indiana requires us to add sales tax (unless we are delivering to you out of state)!  Prices do not include tax.

Everything except grafted trees:   Quart pots $8.00; one gallon pots* $16.00; two gallon pots* $28.00

Grafted varieties:  one gallon*  $20.00, two gallon pots* $34.00, 3-5 gallon pots $45

*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  

Plants are RARELY available in all sizes listed at any given time. Quart pots and Gallon pots are most common. For example, the listing for serviceberries may say 3″ pots $4.00, quart pots $8, gallon pots $16. In the spring we may have 3″ pots available but no gallons. By that fall we would have quarts and gallons available but nothing in 3″ pots. This is also part of the reason we do not take pre-orders. Inventory is next to impossible to keep straight with plants.

Quantity Discounts

Quantity discounts: 15% off over $1000.

Quantity discounts apply to the total after any sale prices are taken off.  

Scionwood and Cutting Stock

For customers interested in propagating your own plants: We have a decent selection of scionwood available for purchase from our grafted fruit trees.  We occasionally may have extra cutting stock from species of berries and shrubs that are easily propagated by cuttings.   We ship these propagation units at dormant times of the year, and occasionally may ship certain non-dormant sticks such as bud wood for summer bud grafting.  Browse availability and purchase at our Square store.

Seasonal Availability

The widest selection of plants will be available starting around mid to late May.  Since we offer potted plants, they may be successfully planted at any time of the year, unlike bare-root stock.   We still recommend planting earlier summer and later fall, especially if you have hot, dry summers.   If planting in the middle of the summer, potted nursery stock can still do very well but must be kept watered until established.

Guarantees

Since we do not ship plants, customers can see and select from the plants available to ensure that they receive a quality, viable plant.   However, if you feel like a plant did not succeed due to an error on our part, please let us know and we are happy to work with you to come up with a fair solution.  We will first offer replacement plants if they are available, and if not we will offer money back.  We do not guarantee plants past the current year’s growing season – i.e. plants that die over the winter are not eligible for replacement. 

Recycling Discount

We reuse plant pots as much as possible to reduce plastic waste, and are happy to accept returns of pots in good condition. We offer rebates on returned pots to encourage recycling: 50 cents for our gallon size or larger pots, 15 cents for our quart pots and 5 cents for the 3″ pots. They must be the exact size and shape of the pots we use, please.

Consulting Services

We provide consulting services in the following areas:

· Permaculture design for urban or suburban home landscapes or rural homesteads.   This includes edible landscaping.

· Energy efficient home design and energy efficient home landscape design

· Rain water harvesting systems

· Soil improvement and pasture improvement

· Setting up “guilds” of mixed plant species that each help the whole system perform

· Home-attached solar greenhouse design and maintenance

· Solar site mapping for plotting sun access for planting or passive solar home design

· Integrating livestock into the homestead system

· General homesteading questions answered

· Planting demonstrations, advice and help

· Pruning demonstrations, advice, and help

· Fruit tree grafting lessons—learn to graft your own trees!

Consulting Fees:

Fees are seasonal, due to the seasonal nature of our nursery work.  March through May are the three most busy months of the year for us.  In the past we have just blocked out that time and declined consulting jobs, but we recognize that those months are also critical for many of our clients, and we want to be available in the spring if really needed.

June-February:

$60/hour for one-on-one consultations, with a 2 hour minimum charge.  Driving time to your site is $25/hour plus 50¢/mile (round trip).  Phone consultations are also $60/hour, but only have a one hour minimum charge, and follow up calls have just a 15 minute minimum charge. 

March-May:

$90/hour for one-on-one consultations, with a 2 hour minimum charge.  Driving time to your site is $35/hour plus 50¢/mile (round trip). Phone consultations are also $90/hour, but only have a one hour minimum charge, and follow up calls have just a 15 minute minimum charge.  

  Examples of typical consults:

Example 1: the quick consult

You are a do-it-yourselfer, and just bought a new home with a big backyard.  You want to green it up: maybe put in some edible landscaping and improve the energy efficiency of your house.  We can drive to your home to look at your site with you and evaluate your options for trees and shrubs that will thrive in your unique soil and sun conditions.  We can recommend placement of trees to seasonally shade your home (surprise – it’s not on the south side!) and provide wind breaks.  This sort of consult could cost as little as $120 if you live next door to us, or $220 if you live an hour away (Louisville or Bloomington).  This is broken down in this way: Louisville is an hour’s drive for us and about 50 miles away, so gas would cost $50 and time spent driving would be $50.  The 2 hour minimum consult would cost $120.

Example 2: the complete consult

You have been dabbling in homesteading for a few years and are ready to go all out.  You’ve purchased 20 acres in the country and are building an off-grid home and homestead.  We can help you apply permaculture principles to the design of the homestead as a whole.  We can design a rain water harvesting system for you to supplement or replace the need for a well.  We can work with you or your architect to maximize the energy efficiency of your home, perhaps including a greenhouse for the south side of the house or barn.  We can assist you in finding local and sustainable sources for building materials.  I you just need a little help to get started with the process a one day consult could be enough to get you off and running (about $480-$700 depending on driving time).  If your project is more ambitious it could involve a couple days of consulting to get started, followed by weekly phone consults.

Example 3: the econo-consult

You can take advantage of our tour prices ($35/hr) and bring your questions with you to tour our homestead.  You can see what we’re doing here on the farm and get some inspiration and advice on your own project as well.  We obviously can’t be as helpful without seeing your site, but there are many situations where all you need to troubleshoot your homestead challenges is the opportunity to see how someone else has solved similar issues.  Rain water harvesting is a common situation where this tour/consult option is perfect.  We have 5 different complete collection systems on our property, plus two neighbors who have lived with rainwater cisterns as their sole source of water for over 40 years. We have one system in our off-grid Airbnb cabin that is completely electric-free and gravity feeds to a sink and shower basin. The other systems utilize a pump and pressure tank.  This is our cheapest consult option, starting at just $35.