OVERVIEW of 4000 Victoria Rd.

Over the past 7 years, this property has been transformed from a typical underutilized acreage to one of crops and orchards yielding potential cash flow.

This area of approximately 5 acres served with irrigation from the local improvement district is located on the plateau west of the city limits of Grand Fork, BC.  It and most others are within the protection of the Agricultural Land Commission.

Many of the acreages support hay production while other including this site on Victoria Rd are more intensely developed as fruit orchards, vineyards and now haskaps.

This site now supports 60 fruit trees including plums, peaches, apples, pears, and cherries;  a well established vegetable plot; and approximately 3 acres divided between non-irrigated dryland pasture mix and the large cash-type crop of 600 haskap/honeyberry bushes.

The haskaps typically mature in 3 to 5 years.  As of July 2019, the plants have been in the ground for 3 years or about 2 1/2 summer seasons.

Haskaps are a hardy Siberian crop well suited to Canadian winters.  The crop is harvest by mid to the end of June being well in advance of the summer heat of July, August and  early September.

Three species of haskaps were planted to provide a variety of berry sizes, tartness and more importantly cross-fertilization.

The plant on the front left is a Polar Jewel; the middle one is a Berry Smart Blue; and on the right is a Borealis.  The first  will typically grow to 4 or 5 feet tall whereas the Borealis is more rounded.

As noted, even though these haskaps have been in the ground for less than 3 full seasons, many of them are now up to 42 inches tall.  


This website contains a number of pages illustrating the development of  orchards, historic usage and planting of haskaps.