Lola Brennan was a pioneer of sorts when she planted fruit trees in the rich soil of the Palisade, CO region. “She was the first grower of dwarf Granny Smith apples in the valley,” said Lola’s daughter Susan Patton. “She bought land and worked with Colorado State extension service. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Successful organic farming depends upon keeping pace with new development in research. But how useful is the research? How can researchers know that their efforts are helping organic farmers profit? Recently, e-Organic presented a webinar, “Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002-2014” to present their findings on the topic. [Read more…]
Anyone with a pesticide applicator’s license has heard it: the label is the law.
Tracy Harpster, Penn State extension educator, pesticide education program, says labels are not only the law but also include information about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for that product. [Read more…]
“The pesticide label is the law,” said Rick Yates, “and there’s no wiggle room there.” Yates, who is the GGSPro technical services manager for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, has been providing technical support for greenhouse and nursery growers for nearly a quarter century. [Read more…]
Our hands are a critical part of what we’re able to accomplish every day, and we use them every day to complete routine tasks and precision movements. [Read more…]
Nearly $200,000 in donations recognized
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute is pleased to announce the recognition of volunteer leaders and recent donors as it enters its 55th year of service to the green industry.
Officers for 2017 are President Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Inc. (Fresno, CA); Immediate Past President Karl Losely, Herman Losely & Son, Inc. (Perry, Ohio); President Elect Jennifer DeJager, Lincoln Nurseries, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI); Treasurer Alan Jones, Manor View Farm, Inc. (Monkton, MD). [Read more…]
The 2014 Farm Bill directed the United States Department of Agriculture to survey the efforts of farmers who produce and sell product directly to consumers, retailers, and institutions. Surveys were completed in 2015 and the USDA released their report in December 2016. [Read more…]
What is your customer service strategy this season?
A friend was excited about the new farm market in the area. Along with accolades about the ample parking, courteous clerks, lovely atmosphere and good quality products, she held up her hand to stop me in my tracks and said, “Oh, and one more thing, they treat their customers really well!” [Read more…]
In logic class, students are taught the various argument fallacies: what makes a good, reasonable claim and — often more importantly — what doesn’t. I remember sitting in class after class as teachers played videos of current celebrities, politicians, news stories and more. After each clip, we were asked to identify problems with the arguments presented. Were they false dichotomies, red herrings, straw man theories, false causes, etc? [Read more…]
The Hood River area of Oregon is rich with fruit and vegetable growers, and Packer Orchards is one of them. The family has been growing fruit since Larry Packer’s grandfather moved to the region with the railroad and started farming on land that’s still in the family. [Read more…]