Fruit Production for the Home Gardener

A resource for people who wish to produce fruit on a small scale (one acre or less) and who are not legally licensed to use pesticides.

Production guides for commercial growers are also available from Penn State Cooperative Extension. This site mirrors the printed guide and emphasizes the most recently developed production methods that use alternative pest control strategies such as integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce pesticide use. To use such systems, the grower needs to have a complete understanding of the fruit planting as an entire system.


The following specialists contributed to this guide:


  • Robert M. Crassweller, coordinator, professor of tree fruit--apples, pears, stone fruit
  • Kathy Demchak, senior extension associate
  • Elsa Sanchez, associate professor of horticultural systems management


  • Greg Krawczyk, senior research associate in entomology--apples, pears, stone fruit
  • Michael Saunders, professor of entomology--grapes

Forest Resources

  • Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources--deer and animal control

Plant Pathology

  • Jo Rytter, retired research assistant in plant pathology--apples, pears, stone fruit, brambles, strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants
  • James Travis, professor emeritus of plant pathology--apples, pears, stone fruit, grapes, brambles, strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, elderberries
  • John Halbrendt, associate professor of plant pathology--nematology

Pesticide Education

  • Sharon Gripp, database administrator/Webmaster
  • Rick Johnson, horticulturalist

Related Publications

See also the (commercial) Pennsylvania Tree Fruit Production Guide.

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