Visiting Creech Orchard

Terry Creech is a rare breed – a second generation apple grower in Harlan County, KY. Jeremy Williams, Harlan County Extension Agent, and Mitch Whitaker from the Letcher County office led a tour to one of the Creech Orchards. Situated at 4,100 feet at the highest point on Black Mountain, the orchard has a climate similar to northern Pennsylvania and New York. Although many growers said Creech would never succeed growing apples at this site, he has developed a Honey Crisp strand here that he sells at regional groceries and which accounts for a large part of his income.  A former coal miner, Creech says apple growing is demanding work but he loves seeing the sky above his head everyday.

 

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