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Shadowed by his dog, Max, Greg Proctor is at work early in the morning on one of his “days off,” mowing weeds from the rows in his recently planted orchard at Morningstar Berry Farm.

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It’s early in the morning, but Greg Proctor has already been at work, judging from the chuff of his tractor in the distance and the scent of freshly cut grass thick in the nose. High above, summer-weight clouds daub the brightening sky. At closer distance are several rows of young cherry trees, trained along a horizontal wire. And beyond those are rooted peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and pluots at Morningstar Berry Farm on East Ferndale Road.


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