Shelburne Orchards

Monday, October 1, 2012

We are not an organic orchard

We are not an Organic apple orchard. We did however have at one point almost half the orchard certified organic and at least 10 acres for over 20 years. My goal was to eventually convert the whole orchard… I was never able to make it sustainable… I lost money every year and some years had no crop at all… We were part of a network of organic apple growers around New England that met every year and shared our collective experiences. This was my interest and passion for most of my adult life, yet in the end I had to make the decision between either loosing my business or changing my growing program. We now have a low spray program that I feel is the next best to organic and we are still here in the middle of our beautiful orchard and home…