Joel Carter: To earn a harvest boon, you must winter prune

It may surprise many to learn that winter is a very busy time of the year for orchardists. While our trees aren’t growing, the irrigation isn’t running, and we can’t break ground to plant trees, we have perhaps the single largest job of any successful orchard – winter pruning. When apple trees are dormant, orchardists have the opportunity to manage everything from crop load, fruit size, and tree vigor, to correcting tree posture. We do this through carefully cutting the trees during winter pruning. Amongst apple growers, pruning is a form of art. It isn’t something that can be simply
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Introducing a familiar face (and name!) to the OSF team

Hello, my name is Joel Carter, and it’s my privilege to introduce myself as the newest member of the Okanagan Specialty Fruits team. Yes, I am the son of OSF founders Neal and Louisa Carter, and yes, I have the same name as current OSF employee Joel Brooks. Farming has always been the most important part of my life, and now it’s the most important part of my work. I have been riding in combines and windrowers since before I was two years old, and I first cut my teeth on orchard work almost 18 years ago. My love for
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