Jim's Apple Farm

20430 Johnson Memorial Dr.
Jordan, MN 55352


The orchard began quite by chance.  James (Jim) Tomlinson's interest in recreating some of his grandfather's orchard, and his attendance at a grafting class conducted by Harold Jerrell, Lee County Extension Agent, began the enterprise.

Mr. Tomlinson had grafted to some existing apple trees on the farm.  He and his brother-in-law, Larry Hobbs, decided to attend a grafting class offered by the Extension Service in 1988.  Each intended to graft only 10 trees, but there was extra root stock available at the class, and they purchased and grafted it.  Mr. Tomlinson set the grafted trees in a space he had cleared for tobacco plants and had excellent results.  56 of the 59 trees begun that year lived, with several quickly growing to more than 6 feet with root spans in excess of 4 feet.  With this type of success, it was too tempting to see what else could be accomplished.

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