Michael DeRuiter is a tart cherry, apple, and peach farmer in Hart, Michigan. After getting his MBA – even though he originally planned on leaving after an associate’s degree – he returned home to farm with his family. He and his high school sweetheart are married, raising a son they adore, and dealing with the alternating stressors and joys that come with a farm.

He talks about:

  • Harvesting and the manual labor required, including thinning peaches to make them the right size
  • Truly appreciating that his parents made him work on the farm
  • Questions he gets on organics and GMOs
  • Being outside, camping, golfing, and snowmobiling
  • Jokes about fruit farmers not working in the winter
  • 2002 and 2012, the two years of total crop loss he’s farmed through
  • How he’s glad when the workweek of 80-100 hours goes back to 46-60 hour weeks
  • His son – the best stress reliever
  • The relief of the last day of cherries

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