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Hemlock Grove Farm

West Danby, New York

Brian Caldwell

Hemlock Grove Farm
Brian Caldwell
Tell us about your growing philosophy

Hemlock Grove Farm is a certified organic orchard run by Amy Garbincus, Melissa Smith, and Brian Caldwell.  We love to grow beautiful, tasty, healthy fruit.

Tell us about your place on Earth.

We are in zone 5.  We have two orchard sites, one on a hill with poor soil and one in a valley frost pocket with good soil.  The hill site produces much more reliable crops.

What draws you to growing fruit?

I just enjoy being around trees and growing them.  At our farm we have plantings of chestnuts and persimmons and about 80 acres of forest.  I am also excited by the potential of hybrid hazelnuts to produce food and biomass.

What holistic innovation most rocks your boat?

I believe that certified organic production is the most powerful mutual approach to good farm stewardship at this time.  Within this, we can and must do better than "substitution" organics, and that is where the Holistic Core Values take us.

What might you change if you could do one thing over again in your orchard?

Plant less Golden Delicious and Idared, more Honeycrisp, Akane (that brilliant red apple pictured above), Sweet 16, and Melrose.

How do you go about marketing the good fruit?

We sell at our local Greenstar Cooperative Market, to friends, and have an apple CSA.

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