Making a bee line for the orchard

Spring is here and soon we won’t be the only ones working hard in the orchard. Before the apples can start growing, the blossoms need to pollinated. In my last post we looked at a year in the orchard; this time we’re discussing the first step
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A year in the orchard

It has been a cold January; the coldest in decades.  I have been waking up each morning to check the temperature sensors scattered throughout the different blocks of my orchard, hoping that it would be warm enough to work.  Every day lost to the frigid weather
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Breathing new life into the orchard

On my farm we have a general policy to replant five percent of our farm every spring, which means that our oldest trees are only twenty years old. There are a couple of different factors behind why we do this. First, as trees age they suffer more from
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