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Farm Focus: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station

Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station (NWMHRS) Paves the Way for MAEAP Education

Overlooking Lake Leelanau, the NWMHRS is comprised of over 100 acres of cherries (tart and sweet), apples, grapes (table and wine), Saskatoons, hops, peaches, and pears, providing exceptional resources to local growers through valuable research and education. A desire for more knowledge by the Northwest Michigan fruit industry led to the establishment of the Research Station, which is leased and operated by Michigan State University.

The Station’s MAEAP verification allows for the program to reach a larger audience than just our local growers. “The Research Station serves as an introduction to the MAEAP concept for people who wouldn’t normally see it on farms. It allows us to inform our visitors about how our growers are exceptional stewards of the land,” proclaims Station Coordinator Dr. Nikki Rothwell. When you purchase produce from a MAEAP Verified farm, you are demonstrating your support for local growers who voluntarily adopt environmentally-sound growing practices. Farmers displaying the MAEAP logo are actively sustaining the landscapes that surround us while producing top-quality Michigan-grown agricultural products.

Did you know? Northwest Michigan is a leader in sweet cherry production, with over 80% of the state’s crop grown in our region. On average, growers can produce 5,000 pounds per acre of sweet cherries, with up to 10,000 pounds per acre on fully mature trees. With an average of 110 trees per acre, that means each tree is producing 45 to 90 pounds of cherries! That makes for a lot of pies!