Maxine Hodges, Blossom Ridge Orchard
Apple, Berry, and Flower Irrigation System
Grant Award: $8,000
Maxine, her son and daughter-in-law will add blackberries, raspberries, and a high-density apple orchard to diversify their current beef cattle operation. In the spring of 2023 they will plant ¾ acre of berries and use their AgOptions grant to pay for a water pump and drip irrigation system. During the remainder of 2023 they will extend the irrigation system to the future 4-acre apple orchard location.
While the berry crops are being established, the Hodges will plant flowers on ¼ acre to draw customers and establish their U-pick operation. Their existing farm store on the same property has an established customer base and their reputation in the community will facilitate the addition of this agritourism enterprise.