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$100,000 Goal

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Drive ends: September 30, 2019

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How to Grow a Blueberry in the Desert

Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

August 2, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Organic blueberries are really hard to grow west of the Cascades — too many bugs and too much disease. But east of the mountains, they’re battling the desert. Correspondent Anna King visited a farm in Patterson to find out how blueberries could possibly grow in this environment, and came back with the answer: giant tents.

Left: Flora Mendoza Matias, 20, moved to Washington from Guatemala just a month ago to pick fruit at Zirkle’s farm. Pickers collect berries under shade cloth for eight hours a day.