Specialty Crop Tour for Young Growers
The tours serve young farmers as valued social network and educational tools for agricultural practices. The trips prove to be highly educational by exposing young growers to new agricultural practices and operations, as well as serving as a forum for discussion.
Hallie Butler-Van Horn, Tyler Butler, and Ben Butler have been active members of the Young Grower Alliance. Hallie is Purchasing Manager and shares her enthusiasm for farming with customers at the farm market. Tyler and Ben graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Horticulture and Crop Production. Tyler is General Farm Manager and Ben is the Farm and Finance Manager. Susan Butler and Washington White are active in the International Fruit Tree Association and their high density orchard systems show the best practices they’ve learned during tours and conventions.
Butler’s Orchard – Good green family fun and local produce
- Agritourism innovations such as a Day Pass
- Diversified plantings for pick-your-own
- Farm market ready for holiday season sales
Waters Orchard – business plan to market all fruit on-site
- 16 apple varieties on tall spindle for U-pick
- New hard cidery and plantings of hard cider apples
No fee for the event but please sign up by November 8th, so we have a headcount for lunch!
Sarah Cornelisse, Jeffrey Hyde, Ph.D.