When Craig Mercer’s father retired in 1980, Craig had just graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Ag economics. Craig knew he wanted to farm, but wasn’t sure exactly what to start with. Since Mercers’ property was on a major road, they decided a u-pick strawberry would be a good start. Craig and his father started growing strawberries and customers were more than happy to come and pick them. [Read more…]
The Fruit Growers Associations of Rhode Island and Massachusetts held their first combined twilight meeting of the season on April 20, 2017 at Phantom Farms, Cumberland, RI. The focus of the evening was options for controlling weeds in apple orchards and other perennial fruit crops. [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…]
Managing plant diseases challenges many organic producers, but with the right products and techniques, farmers can improve yield, according to presenters at the recent eOrganic.info webinar, “Using biofungicides, biostimulants and biofertilizers to boost crop productivity and help manage vegetable diseases”, co-hosted by the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project. [Read more…]
Cullen Farrell and Kyle Ober are passionate about ingredients because the best ingredients make the best juice.
Co-founders of rijuice in Lancaster, PA, Farrell and Ober are enjoying success with a product they developed with a healthy mix of a dream and passion in the basement of a local bar three years ago. The first juice was a blend of apple, lemon and ginger, which is still popular today as Sunshine Daydream. [Read more…]