Do Fruit Trees Need Bees to Produce Fruit?

Yes, fruit trees need bees to produce fruit. Our fruit trees are in full bloom at Chelan Ranch Organics. On a sunny day in the orchard, the bees work hard as they buzz from blossom to blossom. Casually observing this symbiotic relationship between the farmer and the bees feels peaceful and harmonious, but it’s not. Lurking in the orchard shadows, we have bear drama, as bears want in on our yummy relationship with bees. 

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The Environmental Impact of Organic Fruit Farming

Bill and I with my parents circa 1983

What’s the environmental impact of organic fruit farming? We’re passionate about its positive impact on our planet since we’ve been farming organically for the past thirty-three years. As newlyweds, we began as ambitious backyard organic potato farmers, as shown in the photo with my parents.

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Should I Eat the Skin of an Apple?

child enjoying biting an apple

Apples are a popular and nutritious fruit enjoyed by people of all ages. Like myself, those who subscribe to an apple a day love the crunchy texture, sweet and tangy flavor, and delightful snacking experience. However, when it comes to eating apples, one common question is whether eating the skin or peeling it off is beneficial. In this blog post, I’ll explore the benefits and considerations of eating the skin of an apple.

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Top Organic Fruit Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

Organic apricot bloom on a backyard tree

As spring approaches and home gardening is popular for health and sustainability, it’s essential to consider the best organic fruit varieties for your backyard. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is crucial in this selection process. It’s a holistic approach emphasizing prevention, monitoring, and various control methods to minimize pesticide use and its impacts on health and the environment.  

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