Historical Photographs

Images of Early Agriculture and Orchards

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Watering the Orchard Agricultural Spraying The Orchard Harvest The Combine Pig Farming Sheep Farming Women in the Orchard Pear Picking Near Medford, 1910 Orchard Hands
Pear Picking Near Medford, 1910
Pear Picking Near Medford, 1910
Pears, peaches, and apples are some of the world's oldest cultivated fruits. Records indicate that as far back as 5000 B.C., grafting of fruit trees was a viable commercial venture. (source: usapears.com) Brought to the Pacific Northwest by pioneers in the 1800s, pears were able to escape the fire blight which ravaged pear cultivaton in the eastern states. Today, the U.S. ranks third in global production of pears, and over 90% of the U.S. pear crop is grown in the Pacific Northwest. (source: uga.edu)
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