Address: 3226 Limestone Rd., Cochranville PA 19330 / (610) 593-0314
About Us / North Star Orchard History: North Star Orchard was started in Chester County, PA in 1992 by Ike and Lisa Kerschner
Ike grew up gardening, and at a young age was selling his vegetables at a tailgate market near his home. As a teen, he worked for a small local orchard that grew dwarf trellised trees. That experience inspired his goal to have his own orchard someday. Ike graduated from Penn State and has become well known in this area for his expertise in growing vinifera wine grapes on innovative trellis systems and for his knowledge and experience growing unique fruits and vegetables. He has written many articles about such practices, has taught classes at Longwood Gardens, and is a speaker at various seminars and conferences. He has hosted several large grower meetings at the farm. He enjoys working on the farm, and spends a lot of "leisure" time reading, cooking, and learning more about the fruit and vegetable growing industry.
Lisa had no farming background other than helping in her parent's garden (which she did not enjoy so much), but discovered she enjoyed working on a student farm at college (Penn State), after which she decided to pursue a degree in agriculture. Although she is the farm's Asian pear thinning expert, her time tends to be more occupied with marketing the farm's products at farmers' markets and managing the CSA, keeping on top of the farm's website and email newsletters, and bookkeeping/HR. She's given educational talks to groups of students, adults and farmers on a range a topics, from why/how we farm this way to CSA education for both consumers and beginning CSA farmers. She homeschooled Jay from k through 12, and enjoys reading, writing, and working on various art projects in her spare time.