[nafex] Stark Bros. Gone

rmturley at aol.com rmturley at aol.com
Thu Jul 5 17:00:32 EDT 2001

In a message dated 7/5/2001 1:25:20 PM Central Daylight Time, 
lonrom at hevanet.com writes:

> I can't say how it was in the last few years, but Stark Bros. was a genuine 
> nursery, even to having their own research and evaluation program.  They 
> inherited Luther Burbank's material when he died and they had a number of 
> his unreleased varieties.  They released some, and held a number as being 
> virus-infected.  I don't know what became of those items.  I knew the R&D 
> head, who was a NAFEX member, and even had a shot at the job when he died, 
> but was uninterested in living in Louisiana, MO.  Stark Bros. DID contract 
> to other growers to produce some stock, since they couldn't have done it 
> all themselves.  In fact, there were nurseries in my area (western Oregon) 
> that produced stock for Stark's, but Stark definitely produced a lot of 
> their own material.  They were the oldest nursery, if not company, 
> continuously in the same family in the US.  They were sold to F&G due to 
> some mishandling of funds in the company that forced the necessity of the 
> sale.


That is sad news!  I have always enjoyed my purchases from Stark Bros. over 
the years.


Robert M. Turley, M.S.
Extension Horticulturist
Calcasieu Extension Agriculture Center
7101 Gulf Hwy.
Lake Charles, Louisiana  70607-7414

Ph:  337-475-8812
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