Over the last 130 years, the Ken M. Spooner Farm has managed to maintain a good reputation of high-quality crop production and consistency in supply of raspberries across the globe. The family-based business has outlived most other farming establishments not only in the state of Washington but also across the US to become one of the largest family-based raspberry crop producers. At the heart of the company’s success is a set of values and qualities that are greatly upheld. Among the various reasons why the company has managed to weather various challenges to maintain operational consistency include high emphasis on quality control, good management practices, and the application of technology.
Since the 1900s the Ken M. Spooner Farm partnered with various state agencies, the first of which was the Washington State Department for Agriculture to enforce quality control. The state department, in this regard, works by inspecting the Spooner Farm’s crop at various stages to ensure that the final produce delivered is of high quality and free from viruses and other common diseases. This level of quality control is observed at various stages in the berry crop farming process and starts with a good choice for the berries to be used as seedlings.
Quality control is further enhanced in the entire crop farming process where any evidence for diseases leads to appropriate mitigation measures such as application of pesticides. This ensures that the final produce has the right qualities of taste and appearance.
Controlled Farming Environment
The Ken M. Spooner Farm also observes a strictly controlled farming environment in various ways. Firstly, the raspberry crops are propagated in nurseries from where various attributes are controlled including water, heat, and pests. Such control ensures that the final plants being transferred to the field are of the highest possible quality. Controlled farming is also enforced in the actual field where the soil is tested for various qualities including moisture levels, presence of manure, soil texture, soil permeability, and fertility levels. These control checks ensure that the crop has the right environment that is suitable to facilitate excellence in yields.
Being a family-owned business, the Ken M. Spooner Farm is privately owned and managed. Good management practices are observed at all times. For example, customer management is highly emphasized across-the-board. Customers’ needs in terms of the kind, quality, and quantity of raspberry crop are highly observed to ensure great customer satisfaction. This forms part of the reasons why the Ken M. Spooner Farm has managed to dominate the U.S. and North American berry business.
Part of the success of the Ken M. Spooner Farm is also owed to the business’s ability to observe crop diversity in terms of crop production. Diversity is enforced by rotating different kinds of highly demanded crops. In addition to berry farming, the company also produces pumpkins, a traditional delicacy across the North American area. It also farms varieties of sweet corn and winter squash which are a great source of antioxidants.