The orchard trees we have on the farm were planted at least 40 years ago. This is great in some ways as we have very mature trees with lots of fruit. In other ways it means quite a lot of upkeep. Especially since they have not been pruned in years. We made it a project to fix up the orchard this year, and a project it has been. We didn't get all of the trees quite done but we are much closer than we were. Hopefully this year we will have more healthy fruit that is easier to pick!
The goats even helped us out with the process. I am liking them more and more each day. Although I think that we need to have a serious chat about the extent of their helping. No more trimming on the fruit trees!
We cut out a few diseased/broken trees and were able to replant with a few other trees we have wanted. We got another cherry tree, two plum trees, an Asian pear and a Golden Delicious Apple. We are excited to see how they take off and what we get for harvest in the years to come!
Lorin and I have been around agriculture our whole lives. We're happy to be part of the family farm.