Steve and Jean Gingerich have been farming in rural Iowa County for over 35 years. Four years ago they embarked on a new adventure and planted an apple orchard. The apple orchard has become a family affair with many beautiful fall days spent picking apples. The Gingerich's along with their children, look forward to continuing to produce high quality organic apples.
The USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) defines organic agriculture as "an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
Steve has spent his career in farming pursuing a passion to use “ruminants and the relationship of bacteria to make inedible feed into high quality edible food”. This passion was first pursued through dairy farming and growing and harvesting high quality Alfalfa Hay. When Steve retired from dairy farming he started an organic apple orchard and has since started the transition to all organic farming of corn, beans and hay, finding himself fully engaged in the understanding & pursuit of a more diverse agricultural systems practice.