Strawberries

Shortage of farm workers to pick California strawberries

It is peak season for strawberries, but there is a shortage of farm workers to pick them. Growers say that's tied to the contentious battle over immigration reform and tighter borders.Buscas trabajo? Looking for work?... more »

Strawberry breeding program gets funding

To an end-game focused strawberry breeder, there is no better payoff than to see the potential for technology transfer be converted into the hands of growers to deliver a true market impact.Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder... more »

New Jersey farm honored for charity

Now in its 100th year of operation, Von Thun Farms in Monmouth Junction, N.J., continues to provide portions of its fruit and vegetable harvest to needy residents of the region.And for their efforts, operators of... more »

Food banks a destination for unsold produce

To John Hamilton, donating the excess produce he grows every year to feed the hungry is a "good deal."Hamilton is among dozens of Springfield, Ill., area farmers who participate in "Plant a Row for the... more »

Freewheelin’ farmers ready to move on

After spending the past decade growing a sustainable small farm from a half acre of old farmland to a thriving eight-acre organic enterprise, the owners of Freewheelin' Farm in Santa Cruz County, Calif., are ready... more »

System allows whole-chain traceability of produce

A system developed by Top 10 Produce for smaller farms is now being rolled out at one large Salinas Valley, Calif., operation, using labels that enable whole-chain traceability.Fresh Roots, which provides produce, branding and logistics... more »

Farm marketers find ways to survive 2012

What lessons did farm marketers learn from last year's short crop?That was the subject of a panel discussion at the 2012 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO held in December in Grand Rapids,... more »

Robotic strawberry harvesters demoed in California

Agrobot, a company based in Huelva, Spain, recently demonstrated a robotic strawberry harvester at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The company is working to bring robotic technology to strawberry harvesting and hydroponic growing,... more »


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