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Thieves steal fruit harvests from Kansas City-area churches

Sep. 11, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Thieves in the Kansas City area have in the past month have taken two churches' fruit harvests. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Liberty had planned to harvest grapes it grows after a Sunday worship service earlier this month, WDAF-TV reports. But...

Maryland winery workers take to the vines for yearly harvest

Sep. 11, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

MOUNT AIRY, Md. (AP) — As a hazy mist rose out from the hills along a Mount Airy vineyard and the early-morning skies radiated a soft pink glow, only the hustling of grape-pickers could be heard in the otherwise silent terrain. The grapes gathered on this picturesque...

Farm calls police on Black couple it believed stole 6 apples

Sep. 10, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tourist farm called police on a Black couple it accused of stealing six apples and is now apologizing after the family went public in a blog post. Manikka Bowman and Jeff Myers said in the post that they visited Connors Farm in...

Average Wisconsin cranberry crop expected after dry summer

Sep. 06, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s cranberry crop is expected to end up being about average — or maybe even above average — by the time harvest begins in about a month. The U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee forecast in August that Wisconsin growers will...

Orchard restoration project preserves history of apples

Sep. 06, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project can be described as many things: an agricultural project, an economic development project, a history project — even an apple scavenger hunt. Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer founded MORP in 2014. It has several...

Community in Memphis unveils historic marker honoring slaves

Aug. 28, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With muddy shoes and rain falling, a group of Orange Mound historians and community members unveiled a marker engraved with the names of 30 enslaved Africans on the site of the plantation where they toiled. “For every raindrop, those were tears...

Michigan apple harvest expected to fall after cold April

Aug. 22, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

SPARTA, Mich. (AP) — A spring freeze will likely put a fall chill on the size of Michigan's apple harvest. The state is expected to produce 18.25 million bushels of apples this year, down from 22 million in 2020, the Michigan Apple Committee reported, citing a forecast...

Apple orchard planted on Reno campus in memory of late grad

Aug. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A memorial apple orchard has been planted and a separate pollinator garden is planned at the University of Nevada, Reno in memory of a former student whose final wishes before her death last year from brain cancer included finding a place on campus where food could be...

Invasive insect found in Rhode Island for 1st time

Aug. 06, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An invasive insect that can cause damage to native trees and agricultural crops was found in Rhode Island for the first time, state environmental officials said Friday. A single spotted lanternfly was found in an area in Warwick near Jefferson...

Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket face dire climate change impact

Aug. 04, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The famous islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts are facing serious impacts from rising sea levels and more powerful coastal storms driven by climate change, a new environmental report released Wednesday warns. The “State of the...