Along the Oregon Trail

2020-11-04T15:53:55-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower West|

Reg and Cher Tollefson bought a Christmas tree farm, but their latest enterprise – producing pumpkins – is the one they enjoy more these days.
Photo courtesy of Kirchem Farm

by Sally Colby

It’s late autumn, and Reg and Cher Tollefson are finishing up the second year of a new enterprise on their Historic Kirchem Farm (more…)

Agri-culinary business development adjusts to the times

2020-11-04T15:17:54-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Bottling juice has become so profitable to Red Jacket Orchards that the farm scaled back its farmers markets presence to focus on juice, sold in venues from Maine to Texas.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Founding a successful agriculture/culinary business relies on an owner’s ability to tweak the business to the times. (more…)

A CSA for those at UNR

2020-11-04T15:11:06-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower West|

The University of Nevada-Reno’s Desert Farming Initiative sponsors a farm-to-food pantry program which helps students eat more healthy food.
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…)

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…)