Fruits

Astin Farms expands into blueberries

Sam Astin III started as a medium-sized Florida strawberry grower. By considerably expanding his acreage, he became one of the state’s leading strawberry growers. Always looking to the future, As... more

Fancy Farms co-founder plans to step down

“Since 1974 and still learning” is the business philosophy of Carl Grooms, a longtime strawberry grower in central Florida. Grooms is president and co-fo... more

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Grape Grower Optimistic About 2005

What Michigan Niagara and Concord juice grape growers need is a really good year. For many of them, it’s been four bad years running. For grower... more »

Willamette Valley Couple Thinks It’ll Work

The experts told David Lett he couldn’t grow Pinot Noir winegrapes in Oregon’s cold, soggy Willamette Valley. But Lett, considered by many... more »

Kurt Weber Takes Helm at Michigan State Hort Society

The Michigan State Horticultural Society’s top position is changing hands once again. Kurt Weber will replace Mike Wittenbach as MSHS president ... more »

State Apple Industries Debate Mandatory Pasteurization

Should all apple cider be pasteurized? The answer to that question has caused divisions within the U.S. apple industry. Some see it as a safety issue,... more »

California Governor Promotes Grapes to China

On a recent trade mission to China, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his star power to promote California grapes as well as other state prod... more »

Adams County Looks at Platforms for Mechanization

Adams County, Pa., with its long history of fruit culture, in many ways epitomizes what is right and what is wrong with fruit production in the United... more »

Michigan Addresses New York’s Call for Mandatory Pasteurization

This is an open letter to our fellow apple cider makers’ in New York and throughout the country, who are subject to potential new policy changes... more »

Georgia’s Duke Lane Jr. Named Mr. Peach

Duke Lane Jr., a fourth-generation peach and pecan grower from Fort Valley, Ga., was named Mr. Peach for 2005 by the Georgia Peach Association. The aw... more »

Group Steps Up Its Marketing Efforts with Urban Bogs

Cranberry bogs sprang up out of nowhere in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles last month, and disappeared after a few days. It wasn’t a case... more »

Oklahoma Grower Shares Tips and Sound Techniques

Lavon Williams has been growing blueberries for only a year, but he’s already learned enough to show other people how to do it. On June 11, Will... more »


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