David and Joann Rennhack own and operate both Rennhack Orchards Market and Rennhack Orchards LLC (the farm). The farm has been in Joann's family for several generations. Dave was raised on a multi-generational farm in southwest lower Michigan.
Dave got an unexpected bonus when he married Joann; after his graduation from MSU in 1978, he came on board the farm of Joann's parents & grandparents. We started selling some of our sweet cherries at our little roadside market in 1984. Over the years, we included more fruits, vegetables, local jams, honey, and maple syrup. In 2006, we built a large new building, and expanded our season and our product offerings. Our daughter Zekara has continued a three-generation tradition by marrying Jeremiah, who has come on board to help farm (as Dave did, and Joann's dad did).
Our farm, located just around the corner from our market, is relatively small (about 130 tillable acres). It lies on a gentle, north-facing glacial slope southwest of Hart in Oceana County, only seven miles from Lake Michigan.
We care about our environment, so we practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on our farm. Using a combination of methods that work together to combat pests and diseases, we effectively control dangers to our orchards and crops while minimizing disturbance to the ecosystem present in our orchards. We practice soil and water conservation, crop rotation, pheromone disruption, and other methods as part of our overall plan to control pests and improve the environment, and we attend educational programs to learn and improve our pest control techniques.
We regularly gather information about the presence and intensity of pest activity and diseases on our farm. If levels of activity present a threat of significant damage to fruit and plants, we take measures that will effectively control the pest while conserving beneficial organisms present in the orchards.
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