Golden Harvest has always been a leader in responsible farming. Because we believed in the importance of conserving water, as early as the mid-sixties we installed one of the first drip irrigation systems in the Northeast. Recently we’ve replaced our earlier irrigation systems with more efficient ones that are able to direct water exactly where it is needed, and at more precise flow-rates and intervals.
We use an Integrated Pest Management system in order to achieve the best crop possible while ensuring that the orchard will be healthy and sustainable for generations to come.
Our orchard workers
Orchard work at Golden Harvest is a year-round activity, and we have several full time staff workers to look after the trees. At harvest time, though, our seasonal picking crews may number as high as 70 workers. During peak harvest, picking goes on from first light, and often into the evening hours, making for long days. All of our apple pickers are well trained in required farm procedures and safety regulations. Click here to watch crew leader Derrick Powell explain the art of picking Paula Reds.
Apple trees by design are always trying to grow upward. They constantly sprout new vertical branches that block the light, and prevent the interior apples from fully ripening. Light is also crucial for the development of the fruit buds for the following year’s crop. In order to keep the trees open to allow adequate penetration of light, and to keep branches properly spaced, selected branches are pruned by our workers twice a year (in summer and winter).