We are a Glyphosate free orchard

We are a Glyphosate free orchard

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in roundup, the worlds most commonly used weed killer. It is a chemical that is intended to absorb into the leaves of a plant and travel all the way to its roots to kill it. Imagine what exposure to such a chemical could cause to your skin or digestive system. It has been linked to cancers, digestive disorders and autoimmune disorders. In spite of the challenges avoiding this effective herbicide creates for us we are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

We are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

Here are some resources that explain the dangers of Roundup:

Hazards of the World’s Most Common Herbicide
New scientific studies link Roundup (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, to a host of health risks, such as cancer, miscarriages and disruption of human sex hormones.

Roundup Weed Killer Kills More Than Weeds
Alarming new research on the health hazards of Roundup weed killer is shining a harsh light on a regulatory process that was meant to protect us.

Glyphosate Use
This chart shows that glyphosate use in the United States has been steadily increasing every year, for many years.

GMO Debate Continues as Studies of Herbicides Reveal Chronic Health Problems
Despite new studies proving glyphosate to be a harmful herbicide, the FDA has increased the limits allowed in fruits and vegetables — empowering Monsanto and refreshing the GMO debate.
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Roundup Is Toxic to Good Bacteria in Soil
Scientists are finding many negative impacts caused by the glyphosate used on Roundup-Ready GM crops.

The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health, but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GM Crops
A new Washington State University study shows that the emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds is strongly correlated with the upward swing in pesticide use.

The Crazy New Research on Roundup
A popular chemical sprayed onto lawns and food crops all across the country may cause a catastrophic situation in your gut.

source: https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/dangers-of-glyphosate-herbicide-zmgz13onzsto

Our Spray Policy

Our Spray Policy

While we are not an organic orchard we make every effort to minimize the use of pesticides. Our starting point is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This approach is developed by institutions like Cornell University and provides evidence based recommendations and strategies for managing, not necessarily eliminating, the multitude of micro-organisms, animals, plants and insects that can reduce fruit quality, fruit yield and that threaten the health of orchards and the financial sustainability of modern farms. While IPM is a widely used standard for ensuring the safe use of pesticides we routinely use far less pesticides than these standards would indicate.

Like life itself, orchards are a complicated, dynamic arrangement of natural forces that must be managed and harnessed to bring fruit to the world and we’ll keep doing our best to keep you, our employees and our trees safe in the process.

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How rich are we?

How rich are we?

Having spent most of my life on the farm there are many recurring themes that come and go as the seasons. Among them is the perception of financial abundance that emerges every Fall as thousands of families come to visit the farm to pick apples, eat donuts and take in the energy of the harvest. Ever since I was a child I have encountered this perception from those that may not fully understand the immense undertaking it is, to get to, and through, each harvest. From the pruning in the Winter to the non stop mowing and spraying in the Spring and Summer, there is always work to do. Long after the apples are picked and the customers have moved on to the next seasons traditions we are busy every day working towards the next season. I often work 12 hours or more a day for months at a time – no PTO, no paid vacations, and still never get it all done. Beyond the arduous nature of farming there are all the normal challenges and expenses of running a small business – liability insurance, workers comp insurance, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, taxes, equipment repairs and maintenance, etc. The fact is, once the dust settles there’s not much money left over to backup that perception of financial abundance. However, the abundance we do have can not be measured in dollars and cents.

“the abundance we do have can not be measured in dollars and cents.”

The glaciers have blessed us with fertile soil and beautiful rolling hills. We are blessed with a tremendous ground water resource that transports nutrients to our trees. We are blessed with prevailing winds that help pollinate our orchards. We are blessed by trees that withstand the snow, ice, wind and rain with vigor and persistence. We are blessed with generations of families that make their pilgrimage to the farm each year. And we are blessed by the dedication and hard work of all the people it takes to make the farm fruitful.

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