Posts Tagged: Integrated Pest Management

Analysis shows Environmental Impact of EcoApple® Orchards

Elly Vaughan Phoenix Fruit Farm

Sixteen Northeast orchards representing 1439 acres of fruit are successfully certified Eco Apple® for 2017. Several of the orchards have now been certified Eco for ten years or more, with additional orchards joining over the past decade. Phoenix Fruit Farm of Belchertown, MA, under the leadership of new owner Elly Vaughan, is certified for the… Read more »

Farmer Partnership produces Certified Local Eco Peaches

Six Northeast orchards are Eco PeachTM certified for 2017 Available at farm stands and supermarkets throughout the Northeast The Eco Peach program, the result of ten years of collaboration between growers and science advisors, is a rigorous, ecology-based farming and third party certification program that supports and rewards farmers who use the most ecologically sound,… Read more »

Eco Apple Featured in Fruit Growers News

Eco Apple, a program of Red Tomato, was featured in the December 2016 edition of the Fruit Growers News. Program seeks to reward ecological practices More than a dozen apple growers in the Northeast are using a third-party certification program called Eco Apple. Not as strict as organic certification, it’s a way for the growers… Read more »

Announcing the Food Narrative Project

For nineteen years, we’ve told ourselves that Red Tomato, a small nonprofit with nine employees, is too small to have much impact on the national public conversation around local and sustainable food. We’re too small; our resources are too few. We emerged from our five year planning process this winter with a revised view: yes,… Read more »

5 Takeaways from the 2016 Growers Meeting

Wild Pollinators Thrive on Eco Orchards: Early research from Dr. Bryan Danforth at Cornell University appears to indicate that in orchards using Eco protocols there are significantly more wild pollinators than conventional, non-Eco orchards. Dr. Danforth’s research also indicates that wild pollinators are more efficient pollinators than commercial honeybees brought to help pollinate. Learn more… Read more »

How to Solve the Declining Bee Population

by Sue Futrell & Gideon Burdick Everyone wants to save the bees! And for good reason; they are one of the most beneficial of beneficial insects, and they are in danger. In the United States beekeepers lost 40 percent of their honeybee colonies last year, and in the Netherlands the population of wild bees has… Read more »

Michael Rozyne: TEDxManhattan Sneak Peak

  In order to introduce himself to the TEDxManhattan audience. Red Tomato’s founder and co-director, Michael Rozyne, answered a few questions about himself and the Red Tomato conversation that we call: The Truth in the Middle. Enjoy the sneak peak! 1) What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about? The current food system isn’t built for local,… Read more »

Smarter Farmers Grow Better Strawberries

It’s strawberry season in New England. I was walking the green-turning-red fields with Donny Dzen last week at Dzen Brothers Farm in Windsor, Connecticut. He explained his use of IPM to control pests and reduce spray levels. Dzen monitors (actually counts) the level of infestation of four problem insects: thrips; tarnished plant bug; “clipper,” the… Read more »