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Not one day is the same for Tim Ferrell, owner of Berry Patch Farms in Brighton. He wakes up to a new challenge every day, which for him is the reason he’s been growing and raising fruit and vegetables since the 1980’s.

“The best part about my job is the fact that it’s never boring,” he said. “There’s always some kind of challenge to face, which is good.”

Tim and his wife Claudia started their life in farming with a small plot of land. Then years later they expanded to their current 40-acre Berry Patch Farms in 1998. The couple now grows and sells a large variety of fruits and vegetables, with strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelons, tomatoes and lettuce at the top of the list for most people. Tim says Claudia does a great job selecting items that will sell the easiest.

“When we first started we were using only half of the property. But now we use every space of the property and could easily do more,” Tim said. “Claudia really knows how to select the best fruits and vegetables that can do well in the climate and produce well.”

Berry Patch Farms isn’t just a place where people can shop for certified organic fruits and veggies, it’s also has an education element.

Tim hosts school field trips and summer camp field trips teaching youngsters the importance of agriculture.

He said many times the children who come out have never been on a farm before.

“This kind of field trip is different than a going to the museum,” he said. “The children get to learn about agriculture and also see some chickens, which for some kids, this is also the first time they’ve ever seen a chicken.”

Preserving farm land and agriculture has always been important to Tim and Claudia. Soon after they bought the farm property, the couple converted their property into a conservation easement with Adams County, meaning their land will never be eligible for development.

Tim said the decision to give up any developmental rights was exactly what he what he wanted to do.

And now he’s hoping other farmers in the area do the same thing.

“I serve on the Agriculture Land Preservation Sub-Committee for the city of Brighton, and we are working to make the area up here an agriculture entertainment area where individuals can come up and visit. And we are also working to preserve farm land,” he said.

“We need the farm land to be protected, and we think the future for this area could really be something exciting.”

Berry Patch Farms is now open to the public for the full season. The farm market is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, visit www.berrypatchfarms.com or call 303-659-5050.

The farm is located at 13785 Potomac St. in Brighton.