Slack Farms Ltd. was founded in 1960, and is a second generation wild blueberry grower and dealer. As a dealer, the farm buys and exports other local farmer’s berries through its receiving station located in Debert, NS. The farm exports two million pounds of wild blueberries a year. Currently, the farm has 400 acres of its own land under production. The farm also does custom work on the land of other blueberry farmers to assist with their production.
Slack Farms understands the importance of research to sustain a viable agricultural operation. Slack Farms has actively participated in research with the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University and has conducted research trials in disease, insect and weed management. Slack Farms has also partnered with the university engineering department on a harvester efficiency test to decrease berry loss during harvest. The Farm continues to invest in operational efficiency initiatives. It has conducted traceability and cost benefit analysis programs and purchased new technologies, GPS auto steer tractors and sprayer swath control units, in an effort to attain its goal of achieving increased profit margins.
Slack Farms will continue to execute its operational strategic plan and partner with local researchers in an attempt to further the development of the wild blueberry industry of Nova Scotia.