Grower starts off apple season with ecological certification program

Indian Ladder Farms is pairing up with EcoCertified™, a program of Red Tomato, to kick off apple picking season. “The support and patronage from the community have been overwhelming since we started pick-your-own apples in late August,” said Laura Ten Eyck, manager, Indian Ladder Farms.

EcoCertified is an independent certification awarded to growers who follow the most ecologically-sensitive growing practices available for locally grown tree fruit in the Northeast. It is a community of farmers, scientists and advisors whose practices are based on creating an orchard ecosystem that supports pollinators, keeps damaging insects in balance with natural predators and promotes soil and tree health.  

Indian Ladder Farms is pairing up with EcoCertified, a program of Red Tomato, to kick off apple picking season.

“It is a well-deserved honor for Indian Ladder Farms to achieve EcoCertification for its sustainable growing practices,” Senator Michelle Hinchey said. “It is a cornerstone business in the Altamont community and with apple season in full swing, now is the perfect time to plan a family visit to the orchard to pick the fresh, local apples New York is known for.”

"In the capital region, our apple growers aren't just a source of family fun and memories, but an important driver of economic activity and an anchor of New York's agricultural exports,” said assembly member Patricia Fahy. “I want to commend Red Tomato for achieving certification under the EcoCertified program for its newest orchards, showing a commitment to both delicious produce and our planet."

“I'm excited to help kick off the season at Indian Ladder Farms and to celebrate its EcoCertified certification, which illustrates the farm’s commitment to sustainable growing practices and builds on our NYS Grown & Certified program,” said state agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball.

State agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball at the event.

"Our growers in New York State are always looking at ways to increase their sustainability efforts and to meet customer demand for fresh, local produce,” said Elizabeth Wolters, New York Farm Bureau deputy public policy director. “Indian Ladder Farm's announcement today showcases its commitment to these important efforts." 

“Our farm is more than a century old, and to make it two, we need to look to our partners to help keep our crops sustainable and healthy for the consumer,” said Peter Ten Eyck, owner, Indian Ladder Farms.

“The support and patronage from the community has been overwhelming since we started pick-your-own apples in late August,” said Laura Ten Eyck, manager, Indian Ladder Farms.

“EcoCertified orchards are a powerful, resilient force in our region’s food system, combining the most ecological growing practices with the best of local foods,” said Angel Mendez, executive director of Red Tomato.

For more information:
Leanne Ricchiuti
Indian Ladder Farms
Tel: +1 (518) 222-8073
www.indianladderfarms.com 

Red Tomato 
https://redtomato.org/  


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