Read about our young grower Leighton Rice and his thoughts on growing fruit and the industry in the September issue of the American/Western Fruit Grower. This article is part of a series titled "GenNext Growers".
Celebrate Gettysburg just published a nice article highlighting the fruit industry in Adams County, new orchard technology, the next generation of growers and the recent International Fruit Tree Association tour.
Another summary of the IFTA tour by Country Folks Grower and descriptions of the farms visited. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this tour a success!
The International Fruit Tree Association visited Adams County Pennsylvania July 17-18 with over 200 members participating in tours of orchard operations. Nine farms hosted the group during the main tour while 3 others opened their doors for pre- and post-tours. A number of young growers presented, hosted, participated and volunteered in this event. You can read articles about the tour in the Lancaster Farming and Gettysburg Times.
Country Folks Grower Eastern Edition published an article on McCleaf's Orchard, highlighting their high tunnel system and connection to the Young Grower Alliance. Read the entire article here.
"Meet The Next Generation Of Fruit Growers" in an insightful article by the American Fruit Grower. "The next generation of growers is dealing with unique challenges, but its members are poised to lead the industry into the future." The article features YGA members and many other inspiring young farmers of the industry.
Strite's Orchard was featured in the February edition of Country Folks Grower with an article focusing on "Using Preventative Strategies to Minimize Pest and Disease Problems". Find a link to a PDF copy of the article at the bottom of this page.
The Hollabaugh family was featured in the April 2012 issue of Good Fruit Grower. The article "Eye-to-eye with Consumers - Retail marketing shapes orchards and practices at Hollabaugh Bros." describes how they approach direct consumer sales.
American Fruit Grower featured on their April 2012 cover YGA members Sidney Kuhn, Bruce Hollabaugh, Jim Schupp, and Tara Baugher. The article "From the Ground Up" discusses how growers and researchers in Pennsylvania are working together on transitioning orchards for the future.
American Fruit Grower featured on their June 2012 cover YGA member Sidney Kuhn. The article, "New Grower New Perspective" discusses Sidney's focus on the big picture as she guides her family's farm into the future.
The international Fruit Tree Association's summer study tour shows off Canada's world famous apple growing industry with highlights in the September/October 2012 issue of American Fruit Grower. In "Bienvenue Au Quebec", two YGA member discuss their trip.
Dave and John Wenk who operate Three Springs Orchard in Benderville, PA, were featured in the December 2011 issue of Good Fruit Grower. The Wenks bought a Darwin mechanical string thinner 50/50 with another grower in Maryland. The article "Blossom thin Peaches" describes its successful use.
The YGA was featured in the October 2010 issue of Good Fruit Grower magazine! The article "The Next Generation" by Richard Lehnert.
The YGA was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Good Fruit Grower magazine. The article "Next generation branches out" by Dan Hager.
USApple Participates in Penn State Grower Field Day, Meets With Young Growers Alliance
USApple’s Todd Hultquist and Mark Seetin joined apple and specialty crop growers from the mid-Atlantic for the 2009 Penn State University Fruit Research and Extension Center Grower Field Day held in Biglerville, PA. Key issues included advances in sustainable and organic fruit production; the latest in orchard automation; fruit research and orchard management and care. Hultquist and Seetin also met with the Young Growers Alliance (YGA), the next generation of specialty crop growers seeking to develop new approaches to meet future growing and marketing challenges through educational opportunities, community involvement, field trips and networking events. Launched in Pennsylvania in 2005, the group’s membership now stretches from New England to the Carolinas, and has generated interest in other apple growing regions around the country. (From the July 24, 2009 USApple Weekly Report)
We would like to thank all of the agricultural/fruit industry associations that have supported our group: