Jim Koan, owner of Almar Orchards, talks about his JK'S Skrumpy Cider and what makes an artisanal cider great. To download and listen to the broadcast in it's entirety click here, opens a new window for listening or download. [MP4 Format Audio, 9.7M]

ARTICLES IN THE NEWS

Audio. Text. NPR Reprint. "Grower Goes Hog-Wild in Battle Against Bugs" May 31. 2008. At a farm near Flint, Michigan, European Berkshire pigs are being used to eat up ground-fall apples from the orchard. Many of the apples are infested with a bug called the plum curculio, which is among the most destructive insect to apple growers.

[+] Video: Jim Koan's "Organic Apple Production" [23MB mpg]

Article Good Fruit Grower
"Marketing organic fruit is the easy part," said Koan. "Growing it is the tough part." Many say that organic apple production in Michigan is impossible. Koan disagrees...”
A "Blood and Gutz History" of Organics at Almar Orchards . Link Update: 10.02.10.

Article The Farmer's Marketer 12/01/07
BACK IN THE USSA The United States of Sustainable America
"Then I realized - I'm a farmer. I can do anything."
Real food, food that is recognizable as food (not a product of processing) and that has a known origin, nourishes us with deep sensual and intellectual enjoyment from both its flavor and its provenance. The pleasure of real food is that it comes from a specific community and must be enjoyed and celebrated in the context of a personal or family community." – Jim Koan


Cider Houses Rule
By Andy Jenkins

“... it’s actually an old English term referring to a traditionally produced cider with a hazy, golden color and relatively low carbonation. That’s exactly what Jim Koan’s organic Michigan apple orchard produces today; the family has been growing apples on the same Michigan farmland for more than 150 years.”

Culture Cheese Magazine


Almar Orchards: News & Media

ABOUT THE FARM, BEING ORGANIC & OTHER STUFF

On Almar Farm, the source of Organic Scrumpy, the use of hogs as an organic alternative to orchard pesticides has been raising some ears. It actually goes back to a "way of farming" that has long-since been abandoned by the majority of mega-farms of today. The concept of "pigs as pest control" has since been grabbing the attention of agriculture experts around the world.

[+] Article/Video: WJRT-TV Mid-Michigan, June 03, 2008

[+] Article: Hogs May Benefit Orchard, Michigan Farmer, Michigan Farm, August 2007 [Adobe PDF]

[+] Article: Michigan News Archive, Using Hogs in Fight Against Orchard Beetles, March 5, 2008 (Associated Press)

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www.organicscrumpy.com Grown, Crushed, Fermented and Bottled at Almar Orchard. Flushing, Michigan USA



FALL 2009 Article: HARD CIDER, Local Farmers...
Reprint of Matt Forster article, edible Community Publications

edible WOW is a quarterly magazine that celebrates the abundance of local foods in Southeastern Michigan.



"Apple Grower Goes Hog-Wild in Battle Against Bugs" [Text. Audio File.]
January 2010. Reprint of May 31, 2008 NPR Broadcast
Amy Robinson. All Things Considered.

"At a farm near Flint, Michigan, European Berkshire pigs are being used to eat up ground-fall apples from the orchard. Many of the apples are infested with a bug called the plum curculio, which is among the most destructive insect to apple growers."

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