Indian Ladder Farms apples have been certified as Eco Apples. As an Eco-Apple farmer, we ensure specific growing standards. We use a combination of long-standing agricultural practices as well as advanced ecological orchard management methods to minimize spraying and other environmentally disruptive practices. This practice, known as integrated pest management (IPM), can prevent pest infestations and organic problems before they happen by monitoring crops and treating only as needed. We manage problems in the orchard through land management such as careful mowing and monitoring of growing conditions. We use natural predators such as ladybird beetles to eliminate harmful pests when possible. We analyze problems and base treatments on real threats as opposed to scheduled and indiscrimate spraying We use the least amount of pesticides and fungicides in the most scientific and responsible way. Our president and owner, Peter G. Ten Eyck II, has a degree in pomology. He works closely with our farm manager Tim Allbright to ensure that our apples are protected and healthy.
Eco Apple is a project of Red Tomato, a non-profit organization based
Eco Apple orchards are third-party certified by the IPM Institute of
Tom Green, Director of the IPM Institute of North America, works with
fruit growers all over the