Saturday, February 7, 2009

Farmer Plans to Protect Fruit from Freezing

Walker Miller, co-owner of The Happy Berry in Six Mile, is trying to install a wind machine that will help protect blueberries, blackberries and other crops from frost damage.

"Anything that is at risk from frost would be helped by a wind machine," he said.

Miller said his farm is already well-situated to withstand a freeze. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee, the farm gets blanketed in warm, moist air from the lake, keeping it up to nine degrees warmer than surrounding areas, Miller said.

But deep freezes, like the one that struck the Southeast in April 2007, still pose a threat to budding fruit.

Read more about his plans here.

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