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A network of farmers in the Northeast have earned Eco Apple certification for 14 orchards in six states.

Launched by the IPM Institute of North America and nonprofit Red Tomato in 2005, the certification helps farmers implement environmentally responsible growing practices, according to a news release.

“The Eco Apple program aligns with our philosophy perfectly,” Greg Parzych, co-president of Southington, Conn.-based Rogers Orchards, said in the release. “As stewards of the land, we strive to raise a viable and high-quality crop in the most ecologically responsible way,” 

Eco-certified orchards use bio-intensive practices to support pollinator health, minimize risk to humans and wildlife, and nurture a healthy environment, according to the release.

“We have a loyal, enthusiastic community that looks forward to our fruit every year,” Joe Nuciforo of Tivoli, N.Y.-based Mead Orchards, said in the release. “They want local farms to thrive, and we want them to know we are looking out for their well-being as well as the soil, water and wildlife around us.”

Eco-certified orchards expect a plentiful crop with apples being available through next summer, according to the release.

Eco Apple can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.

2019 Certified Eco Apple Orchards are:

  • Blue Hills Orchard, Wallingford, Conn.*;
  • Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, Conn.*;
  • Rogers Orchard, Southington, Conn.*;
  • Clark Brothers Orchard, Ashfield, Mass.;
  • Davidian’s Farm, Northborough, Mass.;
  • Phoenix Fruit Farm, Belchertown, Mass.;
  • Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, Vt.*;
  • Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Vt.;
  • Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.*;
  • Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont, N.Y.;
  • Mead Orchards, Tivoli, N.Y.*;
  • Orbaker’s Fruit Farm, Williamson, N.Y.;
  • K. Schlegel Fruit Farm, Dalmatia, Pa.; and
  • Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner, Maine.

* Also certified for Eco Stone Fruit in 2019.

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