We planted our first 200 apple trees in 1990 and continued to plant a few more trees each spring. By 1995 we had over 2 acres of apple trees planted. The orchard had always operated as a hobby farm with lots of help from our five children and extended family and friends.
From the beginning, our goal was to grow apples organically. In 2005 we transitioned our operation to be completely organic. One thing we did right was to plant mostly disease-free varieties of apples, and the lack of pesticedes needed made the whole operation easier to manage.
The varieties we farm are Redfree, NovaMac, Liberty, Freedom and Pristine. I planted the Freedom at the very end of my orchard so I tell my visitors to walk through the back orchard, go past the poplar tree line, through an open field, and when you see the last row of trees, you found freedom! However, most have come back.