Bill Whipple began his agricultural career at the age of 18, picking apples in Washington state. (He would later pick during five subsequent seasons.) In 1983, he earned a one-year degree in agriculture from Sterling College and homesteaded in West Virginia, where he has been commercially growing chemical-free pears for 28 years. He’s hatching a plan to feed the world with perennial native nut and fruit trees. He has also implemented two edible parks: one at West Asheville Park and the other in North Asheville at the “Flint/Magnolia park.” He has helped maintain all the Edible Parks in Asheville for the last 12 years. After attending a Northern Nut Grower’s association national meeting, he became a nut passionado and from all these confluences, the Nutty Buddy Collective has formed.Bill will be speaking at the North Carolina Fairs
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