Hello friends. On this gray November day I find myself thinking about where this year has gone. It seems like only yesterday that the orchard trees were in full bloom and Spring’s promise of a great year lay just around the corner. This has been an interesting year. Every year in the orchard is a little different, but they all are interesting in their own way.
|Bear and apples|
|Volunteers work on fence|
|Gate and electric fence warning sign|
Now that the fruit harvesting
season is over and bears are or soon will be in their dens, I can say with
complete confidence that our bear fence was 100 percent effective in keeping bears
out of the orchard this year. We know they were in the neighborhood, but the
orchard was definitely off limits. Part of our objective in building the fence was
to set an example for the Alberton community, which has experienced bears
rummaging through garbage and other types of bear-human conflicts for many
decades. With completion of our fence at Brovold Community Orchard, Alberton is
one step closer to becoming a Bear Smart Community. We encourage everyone in
Alberton to join us in securing your bear attractants.
I want to tell you about how the fruit harvest went this year, but this article has already become too long. Look for Part 2 of the Autumn Update to come soon.