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How many fruit trees could a crew of four handle?

 
Travis Philp
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I know its hard to say but I'm looking for ballparks here. I've talked with a nursery guy and he said 'into the hundreds, save for cherries, and that the most labourious part is the harvesting. And of course there's the thinning of fruit, and the fact that I won't be mowing grass but instead will be planting cover crops/mulching under driplines. Another factor to consider is that I'd be spending about half my time of the season with other crops like self seeding/perennial veggies, mushrooms. Since the trees and most of the crops will be in the same areas, ground maintenance will be shared by both. It will mostly be harvesting and pruning that will compound between all the crops.

I'd like to have staggered harvests so that in any given two week period from spring to fall, I can expect a fruit crop to be ready. For the purposes

I'm thinking of dwarf and/or semi dwarf varieties of apple, pear (asian and european) and plum as maincrops, and cherry, peach, apricot, and

I suppose it may be too simple a question to get a real answer but I thought I'd put it out there.

So at any one period, how many trees could a 4 person crew handle harvesting. 100, 1000?
 
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how hard does this group of 4 want to work?
 
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That made me chuckle soil. Well, I'm down for working my ass off. Two of the others would be seasonal volunteers so thats hard to answer. One of our off farm partners recently retired and I imagine that he'll be able to help out on at least a part time basis, lets say 10-20 hours a week average. Hard to say though. We also have 3 others who live on the farm who could help a bit but two have off farm jobs, and the other is 75.
 
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haha hey some people are kind of lazy, they want fruit trees, lots of fruit. but not the work that goes with it, mostly harvesting (and processing for the wannabe homesteaders)

now how many trees all depends on size so say dwarf trees, i think a group of 4 could handle 300 trees or so. when i was helping at an apple farm pruning the rows. each row had 50 trees @7-8ft, and i did 2 rows in two days work. and i didnt work my ass off. thinning is a bit quicker, and harvesting a little bit longer or the same depending on how good you thinned the fruit.
 
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