A group of Young Leaders listens to Don Kraemer, acting deputy director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, during the leadership luncheon.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Apple Association
Andy Ferguson is a 25-year-old fruit grower’s son, and next month, he’ll get his law degree. He wants [...]
Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about a half mile apart. Luckily, infrastructure is good, as the landowner built good roads at his own expense.
Anthony Owens’s decision to go organic wasn’t popular with many of his fellow [...]
Until now, Owens has worked with orchards established conventionally and converted to organic.
This year, Anthony Owens will start his second decade as a grower of organic apples. That’s likely a record for his location.
Back in 2001, Owens and a few other growers in Henderson County, North Carolina, decided to [...]
Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
Greg Powers, winemaker for Washington State’s largest organic winery, didn’t initially make organic wines for Badger Mountain Vineyard winery, even though the grapes were from [...]
All of the vines at Badger Mountain Vineyard are trained to the Scott-Henry trellis system. Bill Powers says that the Scott-Henry is more labor intensive than other trellis systems but results in higher yields, making his 80-acre vineyard the equivalent of 100 acres.
Photo by Melissa Hansen
Long before organic [...]
The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this day, there were 17 varieties of apples and pears for sale.
What better way for a fruit grower to experience the true feel of [...]
Dr. Charles Lapins selected the Lapins cherry more than 40 years ago.
Charles Lapins came to North America as a farm laborer after World War II, not suspecting that his name would ultimately be known to cherry growers the world over.
Lapins, whose real name was Karlis O. Lapins, grew up [...]
Orchardist John McQuaig hopes hisbook will help people hold onto their dreams and keep heading upward in their business pursuits.
Entrepreneur, orchardist, and mountaineer John McQuaig dreamed for years of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
He finally reached the false summit, Gilman’s Point, at an elevation of 18,651 feet, [...]
Left: Sidney Kuhn, 32, owns the direct marketing arm of Kuhn Orchards. Right: David Wenk and uncle carry on the family farm that dates to 1796. Richard Lehnert Sidney Kuhn and Ben Wenk are neighbors, as the crow flies, but they’re 15 miles [...]