Copemish, MI — Jake Millarch, co-founder Truly Michigan Vines, has been named to the 2019 Class of “40 Under 40” from Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News magazines, headquartered in Sparta, Michigan. The Class of 2019 will be honored at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, December 10 and will be featured in the October 2019 issue of both publications.
Launched last year, the 40 Under 40 Awards represent a broad spectrum of agriculture industry professionals, from growers and farm market operators, to Extension agents and industry suppliers. These agricultural professionals are making substantial strides for their individual businesses and the industry as a whole.
“Our Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 represents the future of our industry, and its clearly in good hands,” says CEO and Publisher Matt McCallum. “In their young careers, these honorees are already making a positive impact while also demonstrating exceptional leadership, motivation and innovation.”
For more than 50 years, the award-winning Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News magazines have served as a powerful and reliable resource for vegetable growers across the nation. Published monthly, each issue features the latest news, insights, products and more to ensure successful growing operations.
“Being named alongside these other industry leaders from around the United States is an honor and a privilege,” says Milarch, a fourth-generation tree farmer and Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. “This type of recognition allows us to share our Truly Michigan Vines story to a greater audience around the country and generate interest for our unique propagation operation.”
After five years of research and development, Truly Michigan Vines were introduced into the market the Copemish-based Campbell Milarch Vines in 2012 at the Legacy Vineyard on Leelanau Peninsula. Expanding on his years of propagating the world’s oldest and biggest trees with Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (which he operates with his father, David), Jake’s innovative approach to developing his old growth champion vines takes advantage of both unfavorable land and scrap materials to produce viable, local vines.
To date, all wine grape vines being planted in Michigan are sourced from out-state (and often out-of-country) suppliers. Truly Michigan Vines are sourced and grown from Michigan rootstock and custom-grafted with scion—the fruiting arm of the vine—and are designed to thrive in Michigan soil and climate. They also allow growers to produce fruit up to one year earlier than out-state vines, since they are live instead of dormant plants which also means they can be planted late into the season. Out-state vines require a full year to acclimatize to the soil and weather before they set roots and prepare to produce fruit.
These cold hearty Truly Michigan Vines are now available to both commercial grape growers around the state, as well as hobby winemakers and those wishing to establish backyard vineyards which pay tribute to the state’s ongoing agricultural heritage.