GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance invites young Mid-Atlantic growers to attend a tour of southern Delaware horticultural operations on June 20. The tour begins at Bennett Orchards in Frankford, Del., at 10 a.m., includes a lunch stop in Milton and concludes with a tour of the Adams County Nursery growing operation in Ellendale, Del.
Bennett Orchards is a sixth-generation family-owned operation that has been featured on the national PBS series “America’s Heartland” and WBOC’s “Travels with Charlie.” The Bennett family continues their agricultural legacy with a continuous commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture. The unique climate, topography, fertile soil and salty sea-breeze of the Delmarva Peninsula are especially suited to the production of high-quality peaches and blueberries.
Adams County Nursery is a multi-generational family business that has been in operation for more than 110 years. The base location is in Aspers, Pa., but when plum pox virus was found in Adams County in 1999, the peach tree nursery stock operation was moved to Delaware.
Apple trees are also currently grown at this location, and tour participants will learn about the latest rootstocks being grown along with the two-year nursery production process. Adams County Nursery is known for their work with plant breeders from across the globe to grow a comprehensive product line of high-quality trees.
Young growers who will greet tour participants are Hail Bennett, Bennett Orchards, and Shaun Callahan and Eric Haller, Adams County Nursery. The tour locations are 31442 Peach Tree Ln, Frankford, Del., 10 a.m. to noon, and 12124 Holly Tree Rd, Ellendale, Del., 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Driving directions are at http://extension.psu.edu/spring-orchard-meetings. For carpooling information, contact Donald Seifrit, Penn State Extension Educator, 610-378-1327 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee for this event, but please pre-register so that we have a headcount for lunch.
Please register online at http://extension.psu.edu/spring-orchard-meetings or by calling 1-877-345-0691.
— Penn State Extension, Adams County