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Cherry Hawks
6/23/2020 - 1:35:42 PM
by Jeff Pauls
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Cherry HawksKauffman’s Fruit Farm FaceBook PageAre there really cherry hawks? You may have heard of chicken hawks. A term associated with “three species of North American hawks -- the Cooper's Hawk, the Sharp-shinned Hawk or the Red-tailed Hawk.” While this term is a bit of a misnomer (chickens only comprise a ... Read More
A Cargo of Apples
6/9/2020 - 2:24:16 PM
by Jeff Pauls
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A Cargo of ApplesKauffman’s OrchardsLooking forward to this season’s apples? So are we! Although most of our apples are still in their early stages of growth, in just a month or so, Yellow Transparent apples will be available in our store and online. As the Yellow Transparent apple link reveals, the history of apple... Read More
The Beauty of the Earth
4/14/2020 - 8:41:56 AM
by Jeff Pauls
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The Beauty of the EarthIn this time of pain and uncertainty, we encourage you to look up. Although it’s not always easy to see, God loves us all. He loves us through the kind actions and words of others. He loves through the beauty of our earthly home. Its beauty inspires and comforts us...as seen in the poetry of Robert ... Read More
Habits of Growth and Productivity - Journal of an Orchardist
2/19/2020 - 2:26:46 PM
by Clair Kauffman
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Habits of Growth and Productivity - Journal of an OrchardistA year ago, Clair Kauffman, our orchard manager, shared some insights regarding work in a fruit orchard. His comments (below and here) sprung from the work they were doing with a section of Nittany apple trees. They were proving to be “unruly and unproductive.” To discover how things have progressed... Read More
The 3Ps of 2020
2/4/2020 - 9:42:53 AM
by Jeff Pauls
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The 3Ps of 2020Photo Jeff PaulsWhoever you are, whatever you’re doing, wherever you live--Happy New Year to you! Speaking of home, the above photo is where I live now. (I’m on my way somewhere; can’t remember where exactly.) Pictures from last year got me thinking about family. Of course, once you do that, all kin... Read More
Pears!!
9/10/2019 - 10:39:22 AM
by Intro by Jeff Pauls
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Pears!!Word has it that we will begin harvest of two of our newer pear varieties this week, Harrow Sweet and Shennandoah. If you missed the article in Lancaster Farming a couple of months ago, check out what our own Clair Kauffman has to say about the merits of these varieties. Also in this article, Jim Sc... Read More
The Apple Trial Block at Kauffman’s Fruit Farm: Experiments in Organic Pest Control and Reduction of Pesticides
8/27/2019 - 11:56:25 AM
by Clair Kauffman
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The Apple Trial Block at Kauffman’s Fruit Farm: Experiments in Organic Pest Control and Reduction of PesticidesFor over a decade now, we have had an ongoing experiment to raise more nutrient-dense apples and to do so in a way that poses less risk to human and orchard health. THE REDUCED-PESTICIDE EXPERIMENTOur experimental program to reduce pesticide use in apples was originally certified as USDA Organic. We... Read More
Pruning the Orchard: Part Three of a Three Part Series
3/19/2019 - 9:54:36 AM
by Jeff Pauls & Clair Kauffman
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Pruning the Orchard:  Part Three of a Three Part Series Last week, we learned what a pruned tree should look like. There were even pictures! This week we want to delve into some other benefits that pruning brings to the tree. Disease and pests are a constant reality that must be managed with diligence and wisdom. As much as possible, we implement the mo... Read More
Pruning the Orchard: Part Two of a Three Part Series
3/15/2019 - 9:15:07 AM
by Jeff Pauls & Clair Kauffman
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Pruning the Orchard:  Part Two of a Three Part Series Last week, in Pruning the Orchard: Part One, we learned a little bit about the opportunity pruning affords our personnel to enjoy the wonders of fall and winter and some of our goals for pruning. In the next few paragraphs, our Orchard Manager gives us details on apical dominance, tree form, and su... Read More
Pruning the Orchard: Part One of a Three Part Series
3/6/2019 - 3:57:13 PM
by Jeff Pauls & Clair Kauffman
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Pruning the Orchard:  Part One of a Three Part SeriesEvery year the orchard has to be pruned. If we don’t prune, we would just have a forest. Which, don’t get me wrong, forests are awesome, but a fruit farm has to have fruit to sell. So, right there, in that last sentence, is the implication that we need our fruit trees to produce fruit. With this ser... Read More

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