We currently have a small patch or rhubarb on our Massachusetts property. The soil on this parcel is perfect for raising succulent rhubarb: fertile, sandy and
well drained. In the fall of 2015 I rototilled a large area in preparation for our first big planting of rhubarb. This planting will come in early spring of 2017. (Looks like the rhubarb planting is going to have to wait. The potential rhubarb patch is adjacent to the railroad lined by numerous cherry trees (hence CherryRail Farm). WELl, November 2016 and the railroad needed to do major work to a culvert under the tracks and used what was to be the rhubarb patch as a staging area for numerous pieces of very large equipment. Oh, they also cut down about 30,000bdft of soft and hardwood logs that are now sitting on the land. Sawing these logs into lumber could take me months with all the other projects I have in the works.)
At this time we are not certified organic but it does remain an option. We've owned this land (an old pig farm) since 1996 and have never used pesticidies, or herbicides on any portion of this 40 acre parcel. The only thing that will touch these plants will be natural black gold, also called manure, rain from above and occasionally a sprinkle of water from the nearby creek.
Most will be marketed to the area's premier jam producer and a local winery. We look forward to our first major crop in the spring of 2019. I can't wait for a big piece of pie!