Where the Bees Play

The Blue Fruit Farm and Prairie Moon Nursery lay alongside the hills and valleys of the beautiful Driftless Region of SE Minnesota. Jim and Joyce Riddle tend to 5 acres of certified organic blueberries, elderberries, aronia berries, black currrants, plums, honeyberries, jostaberries, juneberries and cherry plums. The land is lived on and tended with loving care for ecological balance without any chemicals.  Blue Fruit Farm is part of the Wiscoy Valley Community Land Cooperative, a 360 acre land cooperative farmed organic since the mid-1970′s.

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Bumble Bee on blueberry flowers at Blue Fruit Farm

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Laurie has been producing award-winning images for 25 years. She specializes in assignment and special project work that involves story development, animals, people, events and farm to table. When she is not clicking the shutter, Laurie is riding horses or rescuing honeybees.  She is proud to be a steward of the land and Founder of the Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Laurie is two time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Alliance Award in 2014 and 2016.

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