Planting and caring for pear trees is not as simple as it sounds. There is much more to it than the old addage "if you plant it, it will grow". Vaughn Farm and Orchard uses as many organic techniques as possible and uses Integrated Pest Management and the softest chemicals available.
The the cost of labor and equipment keeps us from going totally organic. For example: hoeing the weeds on 11.5 miles of tree rows is out of the question. Other local growers who tried to go totally organic have ended up using harsh chemicals to control codling moth or wound up with ugly fruit full of worms and unsalable. But by using Integrated Pest Management we are able to maintain healthy fruit while using as little chemical pesticides as possible.