What are the biggest challenges in fruit farming?

On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Bryce Loewen of Blossom Bluff Orchards as he shares his journey in agriculture and the challenges of organic fruit farming in California’s Central Valley. He discusses the life cycle of orchards, the yield per acre of stone fruits, and the importance of diversity in fruit varieties. 

Tune in to hear about this inspirational, multigenerational farm.

You’ll hear:

  • About Bryce’s journey into agriculture 0:56
  • More on Blossom Bluff’s average stone fruit yield per acre 9:06
  • What some of the growing challenges are 13:19
  • About how the seasons go on the farm 15:22
  • More about Blossom Bluff’s sales venues 21:06
  • What Bryce’s intentions are for the farm’s future 33:37
  • Bryce’s advice for people thinking of starting a farm 39:24

About the Guest:

Bryce is a fourth generation farmer at Blossom Bluff Orchards. He and his sister Renata grew up in a house on the bluff of the Kings River that their parents (Fran and Ted) still live in today. Bryce and Renata also live on the farm in houses that were acquired from neighbors as the farm grew, and all four work together in various roles and share ownership of Blossom Bluff Orchards. Their farming strategy involves finding niches to fill, developing a brand and a reputation for quality, and selling directly to stores, restaurants and consumers.


Resources: 

Website – https://blossombluff.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/blossomblufforchards
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blossombluff


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