Lester Lynd

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From following his elders around on the farm to earning his gas money by pulling sprouts off apple trees, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, knew that not only was he at work, but also at home in the orchards. Lester has been an integral part of the Lynd Fruit Farm evolution - from working at the roadside stand that provided 'all you can drink' cider for 10 cents to becoming the largest apple wholesaler and pick your own apple operation in Ohio - he has worked alongside generations at Lynd Fruit Farm.

He brought the controlled atmosphere storage process to the farm which lengthens the lifespan of the apple by decreasing the oxygen in the storage area. Lynd Fruit Farm was the first to bring this technology to central Ohio. Today the farm produces nearly 12 million apples yearly, and also grows pumpkins, cherries, plums, peaches and daylilies.

He was also instrumental in the success of the Agricultural Clearance Program through the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. He advocated for the program and testified at the Statehouse attesting to the value of the program from a farmer's perspective.

He's a graduate of Michigan State in the Agricultural Tech program. He currently serves on the Fruit Growers Marketing Association Board of Directors as the chairman and has been active in the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketing Association, serving on various committees over the years.

He's also a member of the Horticulture Council, the Tree Fruit Advisory Board and is the past chairman of the American Farm Bureau Tree Fruits Committee. He's also a member of the Hosanna Lutheran Church.

He and his wife, Marcia, have three children.