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Hurd Orchards
Farmers
Sue & Amy
About
We own and steward 1,000 acres. We produce our fruits on about a third of our acres, we rent another third to a vegetable farmer – same family for over 40 years – and we manage the balance in woodland. Our fruit soils are the top soils – richly fertile sandy loams.
We enjoy each inch of our farm – from historic buildings, herons on the stream sides, winter woodland walks, and straight orchard alleys.
Our farms have been in our family since the early 1800’s when our family arrived as pioneers and settled in the wilds of Western New York. Since 1985, Sue and Amy Machamer, a mother and daughter team, have been in partnership together with the outstanding help of our families and farm helpers. We enjoy history and work hard to maintain our historic landscape and buildings and historic plantings, while using history as a guiding principle for our future.
We are tree fruit and berry growers. Our season begins with June’s luscious strawberries and moves quickly into abundant July when we harvest sweet cherries – one of our hallmarks. July also ripens our 10 acres of blueberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, tart cherries, and currants. August heralds the sunny fruits – golden peaches, candy-sweet donut peaches, apricots and nectarines. In mild years blackberries abound by the end of the summer. September bounty is amazing – apples (both historic and traditional), pears, peaches, autumn red raspberries often golden raspberries, nectarines, plums, and so much more.
Practices
All of what we do on our farm rests upon our farm values and philosophy. We treasure our land – it’s fertility, it’s beauty, it’s stories. We love living with the seasons, enjoying taste, color, and the character of each season. We feel that eating with the seasons is nutritious and fun! We value history and how the history of our farm and the farming traditions of our area shape our path to the future. We love historic varieties of fruits. We work hard to preserve the physical remnants of our history, conserving buildings, stone walls, pottery shards and the landscape. We are deeply committed to our farm community working each day to contribute to the health of our area and the well being of our farm helpers.
Soil:
Richly fertile sandy loam
Pest Management:
Though we are traditional growers – in order to maintain healthy plantings in our humid east coast setting – we do practice IPM and work hard to reduce our spray program and keep it as safe as possible for us, for our land, and for the end quality of our fruit. We employ many tools and practices which help us to be conservative in our program including: pheromone traps for specific insects; low spray apple plantings; scouting for existing problems rather than presuming that they exist; pruning practices for increased airflow etc.