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After growing up on a Michigan dairy farm, Richard Lehnert began writing about farming in 1962, while still a junior studying journalism at Michigan State University. He worked at newspapers for a year before joining the staff of Michigan Farmer, where he spent 26 years, the last 15 as chief editor. He won several national awards for writing and photography.

After 1991, he worked as a freelance writer for national farm magazines, a newsletter editor, a livestock information officer at Michigan State University, and as a specialized writer about fruit and vegetable production.

He joined the staff of Good Fruit Grower in 2010. Based in Michigan, he primarily provides articles about fruit production from the eastern side of North America.

Richard is married, has three sons and five grandchildren, five step-children, and 15 step-grandchildren. He lives on six acres in Michigan, surrounded by irrigated farmland, where he has a small orchard, a large garden, a small flock of sheep, and a Farmall Cub tractor.

Phone: (616) 984-6001 — Email

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