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 [...]
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 [...]
Sidney, left, her father David, and Katy Lesser Clowney sort apples that have come back from the market unsold. They may go to Knouse Foods, the cider mill, or into the cull bin. Richard Lehnert Before joining the family business at Cashtown, Pennsylvania, Sidney Kuhn [...]
Ben, 26, carries on the transition from growing fruit for processing to growing fruit for retail sales Richard Lehnert What Ben Wenk is building on has been a long time in the making. His father, Dave, came back to the family business [...]
Rob Andrews, holding what was once a Merlot vine, said they wasted no time reworking their Merlot blocks, which were hit hardest by the November 2010 freeze. By October, suckers had already been retrained up to the wire.
In a normal year, trying to catch Rob Andrews in the thick [...]