Photograph of Workers Pruning Trees at the Brown Fruit Farm


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Photograph of Workers Pruning Trees at the Brown Fruit Farm is a picture, with genre photograph and group portraits. Its dimensions are 8.5 in. x 8.5 in..

It was created sometime around 1912-1958.

Workers are shown here pruning trees at the Brown Fruit Farm during winter. Pruning apple trees was a yearly task on the farm, with workers cutting off twigs and branches and using these to create brush piles in between the rows of trees. These brush piles were ideal habitats for rabbits, which farm workers would hunt during the fall. During the Depression era, rabbit meat was one of the few meats eaten by workers on the farm.

Around 3500 hours of labor were needed to prune the orchard each winter. When the weather prevented outdoor work, employees were busy inspecting and repairing all of the farm’s equipment, to prevent breakdowns during the busy season.

The Brown Fruit Farm operated north of Worthington for nearly fifty years, from around 1912 to 1958. The farm grew and sold apples and apple products such as juice, candy and apple butter, as well as cherries, plums and honey. As of 1925, the farm encompassed 100 acres planted with 4000 fruit trees and was the largest fruit farm in central Ohio. It was renowned not only for the quality of its produce, but also for its innovative roadside marketing, including signs telling motorists how many miles they were from the farm.

The farm’s original apple orchards were planted around 1901, by Frank Bower, on property once owned by the Pool family. Sally and Joseph Pool came to Sharon Township in 1812, and their family gravestones have been incorporated into a restored cemetery at Highbanks Metro Park. Bower sold the orchards to William C. Brown in 1909, who few years later turned the property over to his son, Frame. Over the next couple of decades, Frame grew the farm with cutting-edge farming and marketing techniques. Frame and his wife, Marie, and daughter, Molly, lived in the old farmhouse on the property that had been built by the Pool family. Frame and Marie Brown both passed away in 1936, when Molly Brown took over ownership of the farm, which operated until 1958.

It covers the topics agriculture and farm workers.

It features the organization Brown Fruit Farm.

It covers the city Columbus.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0270.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on February 10, 2018. It was last updated February 12, 2018.