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Opinion Editorial Farmers up to the task of food production By Charles Stevens

Opinion Editorial

Farmers up to the task of food production By Charles Stevens

I’ve been growing apples and blueberries on our farm in Newcastle for 44 years. Every year, we produce 125,000 pounds of blueberries on our pick your own operation, as well as three million pounds of apples, all hand-picked, that end up on the shelves of local grocery stores across Ontario.

For all of us, spring 2020 is different than anything we’ve ever experienced. We’re worried about our health, our families and our jobs. It’s no different on the farm. We’re getting ready to plant 12,000 new apple trees this spring, trees that will start producing fruit in about three years and will do so for the next two decades. We’ve also got 2,000 new blueberry bushes that also need to be planted.

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