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The Changing Face of Agriculture in the South Mountain Region - Oct 4 &5 and 11&12

One of the defining features of the South Mountain landscape is the rich agricultural heritage of the region. As quickly evident to residents and visitors to the landscape alike, the rich soil and a unique geology and topography combine to provide fertile farm lands. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 20,000-acre South Mountain Fruit Belt, centered in Adams County. The products of this Fruit Belt - apples and peaches most predominantly - are a primary reason that the commonwealth of Pennsylvania ranks near the top of all states in fruit production. An upcoming South Mountain Speakers Series will explore a unique and growing aspect of this fruit production.

In collaboration with our partners at the Gettys Wine and Fruit Trail, the South Mountain Partnership will be hosting "The Changing Face of Agriculture: Re-creating the Cider Industry in the South Mountain Landscape," a panel discussion that will take place at 2pm on each of the four days (Oct 4 & 5 and Oct 11 & 12) of the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville, PA. This year marks the 50th year of the Festival, and this panel discussion will sure to be a highlight.

Learn how four family farms are finding renewed economic success by turning back to cider. Hauser Estate Winery will discuss how their hard cider production is transitioning their farm and business; Reid’s Winery will discuss the planting and use of heirloom cider apples for their farm’s hard cider production; Big Hill Winery and Cider Works will discuss creating a modern farm business based on the old value added product of apple cider, sweet and hard. Oyler’s Organic Farms and Market will discuss transitioning from conventional to organic apple growing and sweet cider production.
Mark your calendars and come out to the scenic South Mountain Fair Grounds to hear first-hand how local farms are innovating to address an evolving market, and in doing so ensuring the South Mountain landscape remains a agricultural destination!