Nowhere else can you be sure to get the safest and freshest fruit,
except for the fruit that you select yourself, right off the tree at Kappus Farms.
We are committed to using the safest and most environmentally friendly fruit propagation methods that are available in the world. With hard work we try to maintain product availability, product quality, product safety, worker safety and environmental safety to help feed the world today as well as keeping the farm viable for future generations.
Farming itself is inherently unnatural when it comes to mother nature. Farmers grow large fields of concentrated crops that in nature rarely ever happens. The concentration of crops attracts large concentrations of insects and diseases, as well putting a strain on soil nutrients and retention. Luckily we have many dedicated scientists in the world that believe in the sustainability of agriculture and the need to safely feed the world today.
What we do on this Farm
Our goal is to continually preserve the environment that we live in by using the latest technological advances in fruit growing. Below are a few examples of what we do to minimally impact the environment while controlling disease nutrients and insects.
- Monitor the weather daily to predict disease and insect activity for ultimate timing of peak thresholds for control.
- Monitor and maintain proper PH of soil for optimal nutrient uptake.
- Monitor soil moisture for optimum irrigation schedules
- Only use city water that is inspected for drinking for the irrigation of our fruit
- Use trickle irrigation to conserve water.
- Place insect traps to monitor beneficial as well as detrimental insects to predict life cycles for peak control periods.
- Target of only detrimental insects to help maintain beneficial predators.
- Place moth sex pheromones in the orchards to confuse male moths from finding a mate.
- Use resistant rootstock to prevent disease in the trees.
- Use dwarfing rootstock for harvest efficiency as well as tree maintenance efficiency.
- Dwarf tree also allow for better fruit quality and efficient disease and insect control.
- Mow the grass short to keep insect populations down and rodents away from the trees and fruit
- Seed out orchard middles to prevent soil erosion.
- Monitor soil and tree nutrients by soil samples and leaf samples.
- Application of specific nutrients based on the lab tests of the soil and leaf samples avoiding runoff in streams and waterways..
- Prune trees annually for quality fruit
- Chop pruning brush instead of burning to prevent air pollution.
- Use orchard sweepers to remove debris from the bottom of the tree for disease and rodent control.
- Growing Cherries under tunnels to prevent cherry cracking from the rain.
- Spray trees with a derivative of grape juice to keep birds away
- Spray the cherries with a mild solution of salt to help prevent cherries from cracking.
- Use netting for trees to keep birds and predators away from fruit
- Use startling cannons and bird distress call recorders to keep birds from eating too many cherries.
- Use dancing air men to scare birds and wildlife away from fruit
- Use hot sauce to deter deer from nibbling on branches.
- Maintain modern and comfortable living facilities for our seasonal labor requirements.
- We pay prevailing agricultural wages to our workers that far exceeds minimum wage.
- Instruct our workers to follow specific rules for safety and hygiene to prevent injuries and contamination of our products.
- Certified by the United States Harmonized Good Handling Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by a third party auditor, Equicert
- Certified by the New York State Produce Quality Assurance Program Participant (PQAP).