Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

Enrollment Benefits

  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Fruit Newsletter?
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Local Fruit Industry Employment Opportunities

January 12, 2023

If you are in the Lake Ontario Fruit Region and looking for employment or trying to source employees, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program is providing this space to help the fruit industry. Looking for employment in the Lake Ontario Fruit Region looking then be sure to check out the hiring opportunities linked below.  If you are an employer trying to find employees contact Craig Kahlke with a request and links to the available jobs and application.  

2023 Employment Opportunities:

HH Dobbins & Son looking for Niagara/Orleans County Farm Team Members:

Farm Team Members Needed:

Do you believe that you were meant to be a farmer?

Do you believe that working outdoors no matter what the weather is doing is better than a day sitting behind a desk, on the road driving all day, or in a factory setting?

If so, we might want to meet you.

We are always looking for positive, productive team members to help us operate our fruit farms. Everyday we wake up to face the challenges of growing the highest quality apples in our region. We are a growing farm, under new management, currently running about 160 acres of orchard with locations in Lyndonville, Knowlesville, and Lockport. We get to operate equipment and work outside all year round, sometimes even in bad weather. We enjoy watching our orchards evolve throughout the growing season and taking care of them along the way. But we can't do it without more help - we are currently overworked and not getting all necessary jobs completed in a timely manner - we need help so that we can be as efficient and effective as possible.

Since we have three locations, you'll need to be a good communicator. At times you may need to self-direct while you're working independently at one of the farms. Other times you'll need to contribute as a team member as you may be working with as many as 40 people. When our staff is all working together in a large group setting you may be asked to take on supervisory responsibilities.

We are continuously investing in new equipment and technology. However, we still have plenty of old tired equipment. You'll need to be able to critically think and problem solve as breakdowns do happen and, therefore, plans can change. You'll also need to be proactive about equipment care and maintenance to reduce breakdowns.

In the spring and early summer we spray a lot which means you'll need to be ok with safely handling pesticides. Some of these materials are heavy so you should be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Willingness and ability to obtain a NYS pesticide applicator license would be greatly appreciated.

In a nutshell - we need help continuously improving and operating our farms. We can't do this without adding really good people to our team. People that love farming as much as we do. We happen to farm apples, but we'd like to talk to you if you have any relevant farming experience and interest. We are open and flexible to different schedules - full time, part time, and/or seasonal help.

Can you help?

If you're interested you please contact us - tell us a little about yourself in a resume, email, or an application and we can set up a time to meet you.

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Upcoming Events

Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM - Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 16, 2023

In recent years, the apple leafcurling midge (ALCM) has become an increasingly problematic pest in many orchards across the northeast.

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Western NY Fruit Conference - "State of the Industry"

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 27 - February 28, 2023
Henrietta, NY

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you a muti-day fruit conference in WNY! This is replacing our Winter Fruit Schools. Tentative Agenda is now available.

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Fire Blight Informational Series - Michigan Fire Blight Meeting

March 1, 2023 : Michigan Fire Blight Meeting
Traverse City, MI

The team leading the national fire blight SCRI grant "Comprehensive Fire Blight Management for the United States" is hosting a March meeting (in person or virtual) as well as a webinar series. This multi-state series will address new research on best management practices for fire blight control. You are encouraged to attend these events which will provide cutting edge research recommendations into how to manage fire blight. Each session eligible for some DEC credits (see below for quantities, and bottom of article for direction on how to receive credit).

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Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

Have you missed a meeting recently? All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel

NOW - please scroll down to find the link to the short NY Herbicide Resistance Survey!

Courses Available All Year - Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!


2-5 Feb - NOFA NY Virtual Winter Conference

8 Feb - Becker Forum - All Day - Oncenter, Syracuse

12-15 Feb - 66th Annual IFTA Conference & Tours - Grand Rapids, MI - $650

16 Feb - Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM - Webinar - 1:30-2:30pm - Registration Now Open

27 & 28 Feb - WNY Winter Fruit Conference - Registration Now Open

7-10 Mar - 2023 Annual Meeting & Conference of the 10th NASS & NASGA - San Luis Obispo, California

14 Mar - USDA/RMA Listening Session - Spring 2023 Apple Grower Meeting -
The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is inviting interested parties to participate in a listening session to discuss the proposed changes to the apple crop insurance program. Free - Rochester

14-15 Mar - Curso de Desarrollo de Liderazgo - contact Tim Shenk

15 Mar - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Using biopesticides to help control fire blight - 7-8PM

16 Mar - CCE Stone Fruit Updates Webinar - registration coming soon

17 & 21 Mar - Pre-Exam Training to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Wayne Co CCE - $50

21 Mar - Strep Resistant Erwinia amylovora in New York States - 1-2:30pm, virtual, registration coming soon

24 Mar - Test to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Wayne Co CCE - $100 

13 Jun - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Pruning and sanitation strategies to reduce fire blight - 7-8PM

18 Oct - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Using weather and environmental conditions to optimize biologicals and biopesticides for bloom production - 7-8PM

Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube:

Webinar Recordings

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars:


Employment Opportunities

The CCE-LOF Program has created a space to share Lake Ontario Fruit Region local employment opportunities. See listings and details for sharing listings at|business

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at|crops|apples|crop*38

New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link:

For more information on this survey please visit

Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at|pests.