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Industry Profile - Karen G. Mills - Orchard Platform


But Mills recalls initially thinking this entrepreneurial spirit didn't apply to her as she studied at school and then headed to work at larger companies like General Foods and McKinsey. That changed when "about seven years later, I ended up having the opportunity to buy an industrial business in injection molding and metal stamping that I largely understood because of the businesses my family owned. I'd practically grown up on the factory floor," she laughs.

Here we come a-wassailing

BBC News

Members of the Leominster Morris have celebrated the ancient custom of wassailing, said to prepare orchards for the new year, blessing trees with a good crop and frightening away evil spirits. Morris dancers and mummers led a procession to an orchard near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, to perform the ceremony, which involves placing a cider-soaked piece of Christmas cake on the branches of an apple tree and sprinkling cider around its roots, dancing and singing the Wassail Song. The term Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase "waes hael", and, originally, the wassail was a drink made with mulled ale and passed round in the communal wassail cup. Traditionally, wassailing was on Old Twelfth Night, 17 January, but nowadays it is often earlier in line with the Gregorian calendar.

Thieves steal 22,000 apples from Michigan orchard: report

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on It's a crime that has shaken one family to its core A Michigan farming family is in disbelief after they say 22,000 apples, which equates to roughly 7,000 pounds of fruit, were stolen from their orchard farm in Linden between late Sunday night and Wednesday morning. The apples stripped off 5 acres' worth of trees are worth an estimated $14,400 and require an entire year to be grown, the family said. Spicer Orchards says one of there farms had 22,000 apples stolen between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9. (Spicer's Orchards) "We were predicting about 7,000 pounds of apples to be harvested over the next week period," Spicer Orchard Harvest Manager, Matthew Spicer, told ABC 12."Basically, I was pretty upset about it, because it takes a whole year to grow apples and losing something like that, that was our up and coming varieties. Evercrisp is one of our new ones out and was kind of excited to share that with people."

Orchards Children's Services to Give Away 400 New Bikes

U.S. News

The Larry Culley Bike Day also brings together several hundred corporate volunteers who will assemble the bicycles. About 100 volunteers from Fiat Chrysler will take part in the event. Volunteers from Northwestern Mutual, Quicken Loans, General Motors, student and community teams also will help assemble the bikes.

Man Tries to Smoke Out Orchard Woodchuck, Burns Down 2 Acres

U.S. News

Authorities in Maine say the employee, Ivan Campbell, started a fire on Saturday to attempt to smoke out a woodchuck from a hole in the ground in Monmouth. The Kennebec Journal reports Campbell accidentally started a brush fire that burned almost 2 acres of grass and brush.