Green's Fruit Farm is a nearly 100 acre tree fruit farm situated in Montour, Columbia, and Northumberland counties just off of Route 54 in the Susquehanna River Valley. Green's has been growing fruit - including apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums, and pears - for decades.
Robert Green Sr. purchased the farm in 1944 following a bank foreclosure on Tri-County Fruit Farms. For many years, he and his son - Robert Green built up the struggling business by experimenting with many enterprises including tomatoes, chickens, apples, and row crops. Robert Sr.'s son - known to many as "Bob" - saw the potential offered by growing apples. Apples grew from a side venture into the primary focus of the business.
Now the farm has passed onto the third and fourth generations as Bob and Joan's daughter, Julie and her husband Mike Hricko, along with their son Bobby and his wife Sara carry on the legacy of the farm. Together, they cultivate more than 25 different apple varieties along with peaches, nectarines, and some plums and cherries.
The Adventure Continues...
Bobby and Sara Hricko –
Growing up in Pennsylvania, we developed a strong love for its rolling hills and mountains, its winding rivers and placid lakes, and the picturesque farmland which carpets its countryside.
We met in college at Penn State where we both studied plant science. Bobby’s focus was on horticulture, Sara’s was plant pathology. At Penn State, we cultivated our love of plants and farming as we discovered many ways in which we could positively impact our communities and the environment.
For us, building healthy, resilient agroecosystems and communities is a driving force in how we farm. What exactly does this mean? It means that sustainability is in the forefront of our minds when making decisions; it steers our daily tasks. One example is our commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. When faced with various pest and disease pressures, our goal is to use a combination of management strategies in contrast to relying solely on conventional chemical controls. We will be discussing many of these approaches in our ‘Farm Journal’ as we move through the year on Green’s Fruit Farm.
Harnessed with new and exciting ideas learned at Penn State while respecting the traditions set forth by prior generations who grew fruit for decades, we are very excited to take over our family farm together, as a team.