ABOUT US

Orchardists, hobby gardeners, customers and those just beginning to explore fruit growing use our online resources to discuss topics related to organic fruit production, marketing, and policy.

Education

Learn from experienced fruit growers and industry professionals, access current research, find and share resources, and network with other members through seminars, workshops, field days and our quarterly newsletter, Just Picked!

Research

OFGA facilitates connections and collaborations with researchers at universities and private companies to address the challenges of managing fruit diseases and pests organically even in humid regions of the US.

Advocacy

OFGA is a professional organization able to represent the interests of member-growers in discussions about the public policies and programs that affect small growers.

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© 2019 by Organic Fruit Growers Association

Who We Are

OUR MISSION

The Organic Fruit Growers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the interests of growers and to advancing the organic industry through education, advocacy, and research. 

WHAT WE DO

Learn how to increase production, integrate organic practices, manage disease and pest problems, find new markets, or start your own orchard.

Join us and share your knowledge and experiences with others.

OUR COMMUNITY

Organic fruit growers provide local markets with delicious and nutritious apples, plums, pears, cherries, berries, grapes, and much more. Demand for these high-quality products is on the rise.

Our Board Members

​The Organic Fruit Growers Association was formed by growers, to be a voice for growers. 

Our board is made up of active farmers, many of whom operate certified organic orchards. Board members are elected to three-year terms, with a limit of three terms.

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Blue Heron Orchard   

Canton, MO

President

Dan  Kelly

Dan's planted the orchard in 1990 with twelve varieties of semi-standard  and semi-dwarf apple trees on 5 acres.   Blue Heron has been the only certified organic apple orchard in Missouri thus far, but hoping for more growers.  The orchard features a line of on-farm processed certified organic apple butter, apple sauce, apple syrup, apple cider, apple cider vinegars, apple fruit leather, and Applewood-Smoked Fire-Roasted Jalapenos.  Dan and his wife Cherie Sampson also have an acre of certified organic vegetables.  

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Atoms to Apples  

Mt Horeb, WI

Secretary

Rami Aburomia

Rami has been growing apples for 15 years.  At first, managing an IPM pick-your-own operation and for the last four years, running his own certified organic farm.  He has a 3.5 acre high density orchard of apples, pears and stone fruit. Rami’s key goal of running an orchard business is growing delicious fruit efficiently.  He has served on the board of OFGA for 4 years. 

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Stone Creek Farm  

Schafer, MN

Board of  Directors

Dan Sheild 

Dan and his wife Danielle own Stone Creek Farm in Shafer Minnesota. They provide the local community with organically grown tree fruits and have many research projects going, including a sustainable way to grow peaches in zone 4a, researching dwarfing pear rootstock and developing sweet pit apricots as  a potential nut crop in the upper Midwest. Dan is also a member of Land Stewardship Project, North America Fruit Explorers and the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Association.

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Alternative Roots Farm  

Madelia, MN

Board of  Directors

John Knisley

John and his wife Brooke have been growing apples and other tree fruit since 2011.  John started out in the fruit world by revitalizing a very old 2-acre apple orchard near New Ulm. Since then, John and Brooke have have expanded their operation by planting their home site with trees and now managing another orchard near Lake Crystal, MN, with a focus on apples but also pears, apricots and plum.  The Knisley's have incorporated livestock into their operation since starting to make the orchard a more holistic farming system.  Their farm has been certified organic since 2014. 

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Albrechts Nursery  

Chippewa Falls, WI

Board of  Directors

Don Albrecht 

Don owns and operates Albrecht's Nursery & Orchard LLC in Chippewa Falls, WI. He grew up on a dairy farm, and an added chore in the spring time was planting trees. In the late 1980's he got his start in apples as a picker, utilizing a tractor, wagon, ladders and bushel boxes. Late nights were spent sorting and bagging apples for local store deliveries and flea markets. Today, he owns an orchard in one location and a tree nursery in another. His goal is developing and increasing diversity of supporting plants in and amongst his fruit trees and increasing the amount of calories produced per acre. He has served on the OFGA Board for 4 years and can be contacted at albrechtsnursery@gmail.com.

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Sam Kedem Nursery

Hastings, MN

Treasurer

Sam Kedem 

Sam Kedem owns and operates Sam Kedem Nursey & Garden. Established in 1996, the farm became certified organic in 2006. The farm offers an extended season of pick your own and picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, apples, plums, cherries, pears and vegetables and also features a diverse farm store. Sam is one of our newest board members, elected unanimously this past February during our annual meeting. His wife Rachel is an incredibly generous volunteer and is OFGA's treasurer. 

Read about board requirements and other organization policies in our bylaws.

Contact us if you are interested in serving on our board, or would like more information on upcoming elections and vacancies.

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