Spring, and change, are in the air! After a cold winter, spring has arrived with a vengeance and highs in the upper 20s! The orchard is looking wonderful. The pears are in full bloom, the plums are fading and the apples are just starting. The hyacinths and tulips that didn’t feed the local deer are keeping the trees good company.
This year finds change in Farmer Al’s orchard. While Al is as devoted to the orchard as ever, he has found that the day-to-day work of his traditional techniques is getting to be a lot. The Tinka family loves the orchard and land, and while they work out their succession plan, have found Ella Braden to step in to steward the orchard and manage the operations of the CSA.
Ella lives with her partner, their four-year-old daughter and an indeterminate number of chickens and bees in Penticton. When Ella met Al and Mary and saw the orchard, she knew this would be a wonderful partnership. Their hands-on approach, care for and intimate knowledge of each tree in the orchard and philosophy about plants and locally-raised food is a wonderful fit. As a long-time advocate for farm-to-table economies, Ella is thrilled to learn and work to keep Tinka’s Orchard thriving.
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Thank you and we look forward to having you on board for the 2018 season!
-Farmer Al, Ella, Kristi, and Jana