If you ask David Chung what he does to make his
apple trees so healthy and the fruit crisp, juicy and
sweet, his cryptic answer is, “It’s the fishy.”
Chung is the owner of Johna’s Orchard, a family
business in Tehachapi, Calif., a city in the mountains
outside of Bakersfield.
“Farmers don’t share their secret ingredients with
each other,” Chung said.
He grows and sells 10 varieties of Fuji apples. “Each
kind has a great taste,” Chung said.
The secret to his success? AGGRAND® Liquid 4-3-3
Natural Fertilizer and Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash
0-0-8. Chung has been using AGGRAND products since
the early 1990s. The products were recommended by
his friend’s grandfather, another orchard grower who
had been using AGGRAND for years. The friend became
an AGGRAND Dealer and Chung started using
AGGRAND and found it to be the best fertilizer for his
orchards. “Immediately we noticed a world of differ-
ence,” he said.
Johna’s Orchards has been in business since 1978
and became organically certified in 1998.
Apple Orchards Thrive With
ORCHARD IN BLOOM – Springtime at Johna’s Orchards in Tehachapi,
Calif. These Fuji apple trees thrive with AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer
4-3-3 and Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8.
“It wasn’t easy to get our organic certification when
we couldn’t prove that AGGRAND was organic,” Chung
said. “Two years ago we couldn’t use it because the reg-
ulations were becoming more strict.”
AGGRAND ingredients always have been recognized
as organic, said AGGRAND Manager Greg Sawyer.
However, AGGRAND recently received official approval
as organic material from the USDA and Washington
State Department of Agriculture.
“It makes it much easier. I’m glad AGGRAND got the
certification,” Chung said. “One thing is for sure, we are
convinced that AGGRAND has the best effect and we
won’t give it up ever. And the service is great too.”
Chung said monthly spraying begins in the spring
and continues until September or October. He com-
pares his trees to the same kind of trees in