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March 20, 2021
Biological Orcharding
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February 2 - 5, 2022
Wednesday - Saturday
Farming for The Future
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Scythe Supply
A scythe in hand is the right tool for a summer orchard walk. Targeted mowing to open up airflow round fruit trees can be interspersed with thinning crop load and scouting pest dynamics. We're pleased to have Scythe Supply as one of our premium business sponsors. Swish!

Hot Topics

Hi all, We are working on expanding our existing orchard. We weren't here for the initial planting of the understory way back in the 80's, but we have a chance now to "control" that in a new section...
    - Molly DellaRoman        posted: 17Sep
Wondering who of the growers here has experimented with (or even better had success with) the “Eat Ugly Apples” approach to marketing. We are close-ish to the Twin Cities and I have noticed a definiti...
    - Robyn Bipes-Timm        posted: 20Aug
Hi All, Our orchard primarily raises American cider and heirloom apple varieties using holistic practices (if you're interested in what we spray specifically, our website, www.kordickfamilyfarm.com...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 11Aug

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Kretschmann Farm
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Kretschmann Farm

Rochester, Pennsylvania

Don Kretschmann writes: “Growing fruit is the prince of agricultural enterprises, the original permaculture. The bulk of our farm is devoted to growing organic vegetables. After being bent over doing veggies, it's great to straighten up and pick apples. Like becoming a free man, after slavery. You look up at the sky and know something lies beyond, there's greater things. In the winter, the pruning is a great time for musing, spiritual growth, and dreams.”

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