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Organically grown to the highest Certified Organic Standards. Without the use of Herbicides, Pesticides, fungicides or synthetic growth agents and any soil enhancements and mulch are of an Ecocert certified organic approved source.
Varieties are extensively researched and carefully selected to ensure orchard health and market suitability. We research and test innovative ways to cultivate and market this highly sought-after quality berry variety. Big Sky Ventures has also began processor development, plant health measurements and documentation toward the research and educational phase of the project. Practices have included soil management, planting test sites, process development, plant health, pest control research, wildlife retention, water source development, harvesting methods, time trials and marketing.
We utilize current proven studies and build on our own findings for cultivation and the harvest technique of Sea Buckthorn to provide an educational component to assist other growers as much as possible. Sea Buckthorn is best harvested by hand picking and when the u-pick area is open in the fall, we will be happy to show you how to safely pick and use your fresh and delicious Sea Buckthorn berries.
We began with basic berry generation and then expanded to value added products such as wine, juice, powder, etc. with a planned review of operations every 2-3 years, to increasing local and provincial economies at an equitable and cost-effective pace.
As there is ongoing research on the orchard, visits are by appointment only. If you would like to visit the orchard please contact us at or call (506) 260-7400.
Our Company & our Home Town
Big Sky Ventures is proudly located in Chipman, N.B. and our berries are 100% Certified Organic. We sell Sea Buckthorn berry, juice, powder, wine and are currently looking at tea leaf with other products currently under development. An interpretative center and walking trail “Connie’s Way” are also a part of the Eco-tourism components. We have been fortunate to receive agricultural and technical training and advice from other sucessful Canadian Sea Buckthorn growers, crop specialists, and scientists and hope you will see more Sea Buckthorn products at your local grocers, pharmacies, and retail outlets soon.
Certifications & Licences
There are many licenses, certifications and permissions we have acquired for this new to N.B. organic crop including several provincial and federal licenses and approvals. Additionally, we are N.B. Environmental Farm Certified, have been EIA approved to grow Sea Buckthorn and have obtained a certificate each year as a Certified Organic Orchard from internationally recognized Ecocert. We are also members of Acorn Organics Atlantic and all staff are trained to work in an organic facility. We have food safety certifications and a Perinnia Audit with HASSP and Canada GAP scheduled.
As we finish our Sea Buckthorn harvest, Big Sky Ventures would like to sincerely thank our community, family and friends for its support and also extend recognition and appreciation to the hardworking staff, contractors and students. We were fortunate to welcome many local and national visitors who already knew of this amazing fruit and are happy to see it available in Canada on this larger scale. We couldn't do it without all of you.
Clay and Beth (and of course - silly Poe
320 Redbank Rd. Chipman, NB E4A 2B1
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