Business Visit | Liberty Apple Orchard
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Growing an Orchard as an “EnCOREpreneur”
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Owners, Stephen and Lugene Miller, set out to create a local orchard that provided “simple joy” to our community. Steve and Lugene moved around the country for almost 40 years with their 4 daughters with Steve working in the energy/natural resources industry and Lugene as a teacher! Together, they decided to open a family-owned, U-Pick orchard serving the Metro-east and St. Louis communities. While these two had never farmed and never owned their own business, they worked hard to learn the industry and establish strong objectives at the core of their business:
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• Source high quality, local, fresh fruit
• Provide an educational opportunity for school and civic groups (one room schoolhouse replica)
• Community outreach
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Their inspiring story and beautiful orchard are living proof that growing any successful business takes:
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• Planning
• Commitment
• Passion
• A “Learning orientation”
• Perseverance
• A good partner
• Prudent risk taking
• Flexibility
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“Do what you like, love what you do.” An incredibly sweet business visit from two wonderful community members. Steve and Lugene, THANK YOU for welcoming us to your lovely orchard and for the delicious applesauce! We are thrilled you chose Edwardsville to plant your roots and look forward to introducing you to our incoming CEO class!

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