In 1816, James Hart Stark and a small band of pioneers
moved from Kentucky and settled on the western banks of the Mississippi in a place that would later become Louisiana, Missouri.
With him, Stark brought a bundle of apple scions from his family orchard in Hutchison. From this bundle grew a thriving nursery
business which became the world famous Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Co.
By carefully selecting and propagating only the best varieties, James Stark started a tradition
in horticultural excellence. This work of quality and excellence led to an association with famed plant wizard Luther Burbank.
He personally selected Stark Bro's to carry on his work and willed over 750 varieties to the company. Today, Stark Bro's holds
exclusive propagation rights to many patented varieties of fruit. Paul Stark Sr., in fact, was instrumental in writing U.S.
legislation creating plant patents in the 1930s., and Stark Bro's continues to utilize those laws in developing their own
new varieties. Through a dedication to quality, Stark Bro's has gained world leadership as a developer and promoter of outstanding
fruit varieties. The most famous of these are the Stark Red Delicious Apple from 1893 and the Stark Golden Delicious Apple
Stark Bro’s intends to be at
the forefront of the industry in innovation and productivity. You can look forward to many years of new Stark products to
meet your fruit tree, small fruit, nut and landscaping needs in the future. As we move into this new century, look for us.
We will be there.