food processing http://michiganradio.org en Michigan apple growers changing orchards, adding technology to boost production http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-apple-growers-changing-orchards-adding-technology-boost-production <p>In West Michigan, it&rsquo;s apple harvest time. That may conjure up images of picturesque orchards and old-fashioned fun. But modern technologies are playing a bigger role in the business side of the apple harvest.</p><p>Right now it&rsquo;s crunch time for growers like Rob Steffens. He&rsquo;s got 280 acres of apple trees in Sparta; a part of West Michigan&rsquo;s fertile &ldquo;fruit ridge&rdquo; northwest of Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Apple orchards are changing</strong></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:58:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14720 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan apple growers changing orchards, adding technology to boost production Fremont digester turning food scraps into electricity, fertilizer and compost http://michiganradio.org/post/fremont-digester-turning-food-scraps-electricity-fertilizer-and-compost <p>A small farming community in West Michigan is celebrating the opening of plant that will turn organic waste into electricity.</p><p>Colonies of specialized bacteria will do the bulk of the work.</p><p>“The little fellows are just hungry as heck,” said Anand Gangadharan, president of Novi Energy. The company designed and will help manage the new Fremont Community Digester. They held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the digester’s opening Tuesday.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:09:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9451 at http://michiganradio.org Fremont digester turning food scraps into electricity, fertilizer and compost