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Peach Processing

Tony Melton is a native of McBee, a town some locals call the “Peach Capital of the World.” A short drive out of town and one is surrounded by peach orchards as far as the eye can see. Many who grew up in McBee got their first job in the packing sheds where peaches by the hundreds of thousands are graded by quality, washed, and packed into boxes for shipping across the country.

Mr. Melton is from a farming family, so it was not a stretch for him to study horticulture, a field most simply defined as the science of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other plants. Tony’s course of study brought him to Clemson University and its nationally recognized College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences. Currently Mr. Melton is a Clemson Extension Agent who advises and consults farmers, gardeners, and other plant lovers in the Pee Dee and other regions of the state. Tony also educates a statewide audience as a co-host of South Carolina Educational Television’s “Making it Grow” series.

In this video, Tony takes us on the adventure of a peach from the field to the packing sheds, and for the lucky, into your hands!

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