For a couple of years I have been hearing about a guy who was planting thousands of apple trees out in the middle of the bush across the Fraser River near Crescent Spur. It seemed to me to be a crazy idea, after experiencing the yearly damage we get on the apple trees in our front yard, from hungry bears. After I heard he had made a tall fence around the orchard, it sounded a bit more feasible, but still it seemed a strange idea.
Yesterday, I had an opportunity to see the 35,000 apple trees. Yep, 35,000. I got a little more information about the scheme too. The property belongs to a man that owns a business that manufactures smokers (wood burning ovens used to smoke meat). He has a duel purpose for growing apple trees: The apples will be used for making cider, and the tree will also be used for producing apple wood that can be sold for use in the smokers.
The operation is certainly not a Mickey Mouse one, as you can see from the photos, the trees and orchard are well planned and managed in a professional manner. It was a surprising thing to see after driving many kilometers through the bush, down a bumpy dirt road.
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