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November 04th 2013:The Modern American Family Farm: The Surprising Story of Chris and Barney Hodges of Sunrise Orchards, VT

Ah, the New England family farm: a romantic notion disappearing into the 21st century or achievable dream for those who envision an alternative lifestyle? When Barney Hodges took over his family's apple orchard fifteen years ago, he and his new wife, Chris, wanted to make a life and raise a family on the land they love. What followed is a story of hard work, community, land stewardship, global influence and the rise of the local food movement. On November 4, farmers Christiana and Barney Hodges will share their vision and story with Host Kate Ebner. Discover how an apple orchard in Vermont’

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Barney and Chris Hodges

Barney grew up on the farm, and was always keenly interested in all parts of the business. Over the years he has done all the jobs that occur each year at Sunrise Orchards, from cutting root suckers and pruning, to picking and packing, to driving the truck, the forklift and the mower. Barney now mostly spends his time doing the big picture planning, apple sales and development and management of the storage facility. Barney also loves cross country skiing and he and Chris spend winter weekends coaching kids in Ripton, VT. Like Barney, Chris wears many hats at the farm, but focuses on the direct store delivery sales, marketing the apples, management of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and
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