Frecon Farms, in southeastern Pennsylvania, is as rich in history and community as it is in apples and stone fruits. Founded in 1944 by Richard S. Frecon and his wife, Martha, the orchard started out as an apple and peach farm. As fruit production grew, so did the Frecon family. They raised six children on the land, all of whom worked in the family business.
In 2015, the side lot next to The FruitGuys headquarters in South San Francisco was a gravelly, unused, weed-infested strip of land. Today it’s abuzz with activity, transformed into a cozy home for a colony of honeybees.
Want to help small farms achieve greater environmental, economic, and community health? Donate now to The FruitGuys Community Fund’s Barnraiser project! The Community Fund is one of the only nonprofits that provides cash grants of up to $5,000 to small farms for sustainability projects such as water, soil, and energy conservation; pollinator habitat plantings; and crop diversity.
Earth Day is coming up. What do you get a beloved planet that has everything? And too much of some things, such as waste and pollution? The best way to show Mother Earth that you love her is to make sure your workplace is taking concrete steps toward keeping her alive. That’s called “practicing sustainability.”
In addition to being a good steward of your planetary home, you can also help your company’s bottom line by reducing waste and expense.
Since the company’s inception, giving back has been part of The FruitGuys mission. In 1998, we started donating fresh produce to local charities to provide healthy food to those who might not otherwise have access to it.
Each year, The FruitGuys GoodWorks program supports people, projects, and good health from the field to the table, and 2013 was a record year for giving. In keeping with the long-held tradition of providing healthy food to those who might not otherwise have access to it, The FruitGuys donated more than 616,000 pounds of produce to charitable organizations across the country through weekly donations to food pantries in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
By Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
“Organic” Label May Not Tell the Whole Story
By Mary Risley, reprinted with permission from Tante Marie’s Cooking School
Aren’t you getting tired of all the talk about organics? Recently, the media was full of news about a report by Stanford University analyzing 237 studies that said there were not necessarily any more nutrients in organic versus conventionally grown foods.
Small Farms Left Out of Farm Bill
By Charlene Oldham