To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.
grower / Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
age / 20
crops / apples, peaches
business / Mt. Ridge Farms
other experience / Blake is a fifth-generation orchardist and participated in a one-year internship as a research assistant with the Washington Tree Fruit
Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want to focus on the unique qualities of WA 38 fruit
Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.
age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College
What’s been your greatest challenge?
I think the toughest years for me personally were the
Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.
Multi-Peril Crop Insurance policyholders are getting an extension because of the delayed maturity of apple crop this year.
The USDA put out the following press release:
SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA)
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries
title / Partner, farm manager
business / River Bend Orchards
education / Degree in fruit science, California Polytechnic State University
Q: What was your path to farming?
I think it was from all the