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Nichols - Nova Scotia Fruit Grower
Apple Lane Farm Inc.
Morristown, Nova Scotia
Years in operation?
18 by me; in the family 52 years prior to that
The farm was originally bought by my grandfather Stuart
Nichols in 1930. My wife and I purchased that portion of
the family farm from my father, Vaughn Nichols, in 1987.
The farm consists of an apple and pear orchard, raspberries
and a feeder hog operation with 1,000 animals.
(other than apples)?
Pears and raspberries
85 acres of apple orchard, 4 acres of pears, 2 acres of
Gravenstein, McIntosh, Cortland, Spy, Idared, Jonagold,
Honeycrisp, Clapp pears
systems, experiments, machinery, etc.?
In 1985, experimented with high-density orchard systems,
including V-trellis and Vertical ax
Integrated Pest Management Technologies blocks
Rootstock comparison trials
New varieties planting for the Grower Testing Association
Soils project - orchard establishment
Alternative weed control trial
Have been planting approximately 4-5 acres/year for the
last four or five years. Density ranges from 350-500 trees/acre.
Plans are to do the same for the next couple of years.
involvement, positions held, etc.?
I am a member of the Nova Scotia Fruit Grower's Association
and have served as Chairman of the Orchard Tour Committee,
the Storage and Marketing Committee and the Grower Processor
Committee. I am presently a member of several NSFGA committees.
In December 1998, I received the Golden Apple Award for
best young grower's contribution to the apple industry.
I am also a Past Chairman of the Nova Scotia Tree Fruit
1992 - BSc in Plant Science (Horticulture) - NSAC
2002 - Master of Science in Agriculture
My wife Marlene and I have been married for 16 years. We
have four children:
Robert - 8 years old, Allyson - 6, Elaine - 4 and Elizabeth
What do you
see as the biggest challenge facing apple growers (local
The biggest challenge facing local apple growers is to increase
Why did you
choose to farm (why do you like it)?
I chose farming because I like to grow apples.