By LeAnn Zotta
A whole background of Stark Bro' Nurseries & Orchards Co., based in 1816 and now the world's biggest on-line direct-to-consumer nursery. From James Stark — who first introduced apple tree scions from his Kentucky farm to Missouri, to the Stark brothers' famed organization with horticulture wizard Luther Burbank, to present-day — the Stark tale is one among resilience. Having survived company espionage, a warehouse hearth, monetary panics, a heartbreaking sale and a next financial ruin, the corporate is now lower than the keep watch over of householders who wholeheartedly intend to shepherd the Stark legacy, and is fostered by means of the workers who selflessly kept the corporate from ruin.
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