His appetite for the sweet and tangy treats drove him to begin experimenting with lueberry plants in his garden in the small town of Deir-Koubel, Mt. Lebanon. However he quickly realized that the Lebanese elements of water, climate, and soil, vastly different from the plant’s native environment, would pose a great challenge! Still, the seeds of a grand idea had been planted in Deir-Koubel.
A few years later, Mr. T began several systematic planting experiments that showed positive results in early 2008. He rehabilitated and reformed his family’s land in Deir-Koubel to use as the pilot project. He continued his study of blueberries, which led him back to California to gain first hand exposure to Blueberry farming through field visits and college courses.
The blueberry farm continued to develop with the addition of Ms. Sarah Ezzedine (MSc), an Agricultural Engineer and American University of Beirut graduate, recommended to Mr. T by his friend from Northern Lebanon. As fate would have it, Ms. Sarah was also from Deir-Koubel; in fact, her parents’ house was just 50 meters away from the pilot project! Ms. Sarah joined the project in 2011 providing technical agriculture expertise. Although growing Blueberries was not taught at any university in Lebanon, she shared the passion and willingness to tackle the difficult initial stages by seeking further research and experimentation under very challenging circumstances.
In 2012, with much hard work and achievement, Ms. Sarah became a partner with Mr. T in the Tout Berry Farms® Ms. Sarah accepted the challenge to help make Mr. T’s dream a reality: making the small town of Deir-Koubel the Capital City for Blueberries in the whole region.
Our Mission Statement
Tout Berry Farms® has developed a procedure to habituate Blueberry plants, which we hope will be able to produce Berry plants that will be much easier to grow in Lebanon by 2017. Our objective is to provide enough Berry plants to help Lebanon become a major producer at an affordable retail and an exporter for all Berries, specifically the Blueberry fruits—fresh, frozen and processed.
Trial Berry planation has been established and some are in Northern Southern and Bekaa Valley