Asked if that is profitable, Jim said, "I sent three kids to college."
When the kids were young, they helped plant bushes and sell berries. They all now live out of state, including sons Brent and Adam and daughter Misti Carpenter.
Jim's parents, William and Betty Beha, live nearby and his father can sometimes be spotted among the blueberry bushes on his riding tractor.
Aside from making an income with blueberries, Jim loves watching the pickers enjoying themselves among the neat rows. He marks a few rows for the handicapped so those who have difficulty maneuvering can get through them with wheelchairs or walkers.
Some pickers like to sample as they go along while others don't want to take time to munch when they could be filling buckets with berries.
Buckets are weighed before they begin to pick and again when they finish. Some bring their own buckets, but there are plenty on site that can be borrowed.
While the picking season is short, a lot of hours go into tending including weed control, mulching and fertilizing. The most labor intensive is pruning, a chore that is almost never done. Most pruning is done from November through April when plants are dormant.
However, properly pruned bushes will produce for many years. The oldest bushes are more than 20 years old.
While the farm requires hard work, Jim said he and his wife love it. On a recent visit to the farm, he was among the bushes checking their ripeness for the next picking while she stayed at home to do paper work.
Jim said he loves the feeling of being one with the soil and watching the berries burst into their bluish/purple shades of sweetness. While each variety is sweet, each has a distinctive taste, he said.
He points out that many studies and health publications tout the health benefits of blueberries.
For more information on Blueberry Hill including directions and picking days, go to www.blueberryhillwv.com or call 304-787-3930.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.