Like many small-scale, direct market farmers, Joanne did not grow up on a farm. She grew up gardening at the family home in Massachusetts. After graduating college and joining the military for over 20 years she arrived in Connecticut. Joanne continued her passion by making her vision a reality and purchasing the land that is now called Autumn Harvest Orchards, LLC. Her mission is to provide a healthy legacy for the next generation and agriculture was a means to that end.
We have to look to the kids’ future. It’s great if kids eat their veggies, but not if they have been treated with pesticides or handled carelessly.- Joanne Charon
Now, after many years of cultivation and hard work, Joanne continues to work the land to bring you fresh, natural, non-GMO foods you’ll be proud to serve at your table or restaurant. Joanne is always committed to producing a better looking organic apple by finding organic practices to control pest and diseases.
Autumn Harvest Orchards, LLC employs Integrated Pest Management, a system whereby farmers familiarize themselves with the life cycles of pests and control them with the least possible hazard to the environment. Joanne consults with the Cornell University and University of Connecticut extension services, and takes seminars on plant ecology, pruning and business practices.
Today’s farmer needs to constantly keep up with the F.D.A. requirements on Good Agricultural Practices and food handling and packaging” – Joanne Charon