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Growing through challenges

2020-10-02T13:26:11-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower Midwest|

Fourth-generation orchardist Paul Rasch is a strong believer in introducing new apple varieties to customers. “Because we grow so many varieties, we focus on sampling,” he said.
Photo courtesy of Wilson’s Orchard

by Sally Colby

As a fourth-generation orchardist, Paul Rasch has seen just about every stumbling block that can happen throughout the year (more…)

Harvie helps out at Buzby Farm

2020-10-02T13:21:13-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower East|

A.T. Buzby Farm’s tomatoes are a customer favorite at farmers markets in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Photo courtesy of Buzby Farm

by Enrico Villamaino

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a Great Balancing Act.” (more…)

Silverman’s celebrates 100 years

2020-10-02T13:18:20-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower East|

“We’re trying to make it look more like an orchard, and the slender spindle is more of a wall of apples,” said Irv Silverman. “For agritourism, I think the look of the regular apple tree is better.”
Photo courtesy of Silverman’s Farm

by Sally Colby

Farming is in Irv Silverman’s blood. Irv’s father Ben grew up in New York (more…)

Thriving on community support

2020-10-02T13:05:04-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower West|

Jaker’s is more than a pumpkin patch. “It started as pick-your-own pumpkin, but now we have a corn maze, petting zoo, a corn pile and hay rides,” said Jake Harward.
Photo courtesy of Harward Farms

by Sally Colby

When Jake Harward was about 10 years old, he and his brother wanted a four-wheeler. “Instead of buying us one,” he said (more…)

Inviting life and creating vibrancy in a boom town gone bust

2020-10-02T12:55:58-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower East|

Joe Pizzo said hazelnuts actually provide more oil than soybeans. The bushes he planted are part of a hybridization program, and he thinks growers can build up a legitimate hazelnut industry in the Northeast.
Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

Joe Pizzo, a U.S. Marines veteran, had a circuitous journey from his home in Upstate New York (more…)

Food safety focus in Nevada

2020-10-02T12:51:18-05:00October 2, 2020|Grower West|

The University of Nevada-Reno’s Desert Farming Initiative sponsors a food safety program for farmers working in high desert.
Photo courtesy of DFI

by Enrico Villamaino

The University of Nevada-Reno’s (UNR) College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) established its Desert Farming Initiative (DFI) in 2013. (more…)