In the middle of the Great Depression, brothers Harry and David
Holmes set out to save their family's Oregon pear orchard. They
packed up sample gift boxes of their Rogue River Valley pears and
personally delivered them to business leaders in San Francisco and
New York. Now, 70 years later, their little pear orchard has
metamorphosed into one of the best-known companies in the West,
selling its famed gift baskets around the world.
Harry and David is forging ahead in using sustainable
agriculture in its Oregon orchards, from water conservation to
composting to natural pest control. And while the company has many
new products ― from chocolates to cookies to caramels ―
its pièce de résistance is still the more than 10,000
tons of ripe, sweet pears that it harvests each fall.