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Growing grapes in New York
Farmers for the Future network member James Militello -- a 5th generation farmer from western New York -- grows Concord grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruits on his farm. "I operate a 275 acre grape farm which is a medium to large farm for our area," he says. "I market most of my grapes through the National Grape Cooperative, which is the owner of Welch's." Here, Militello shows a grape vineyard.
It's all waves aboard Miltello's 2001 Korvan 3209 grape harvester.
This photo shows the view from atop the grape harvester, with the farm's outbuildings in the distance.
Spring time in the vineyard is a much different picture, as boney vines begin to grow Concord grapes.
Here, Militello's dad loads grapes onto a truck after harvest.
A row of Militello's black raspberries are in bloom.
"My new strawberry patch," he says of the deep green crops.
Here, a trencher clears a path for a new tile line to drain the vineyard.
Farmers for the Future network member James Militello grows grapes in western New York.