Thursday, October 4, 2012

Down on America’s next big etrog farm

att Bycer showing off an etrog from his farm
in the backyard of his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 20, 2012.
(Chavie Lieber)
Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise.

Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm.

The Phoenix native has been nurturing his citron project since he first started collecting etrogs in 2007. With a 60 percent survival rate for each etrog tree he plants, Bycer is optimistic that he’ll be up for production in five years and able to sell the valuable fruit to Jews across America. --  Chavie Lieber, JTA

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