Ostenson to retire from Stemilt
Harold Ostenson, organic program manager with Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, will retire at the end of December. He has been with the company since 2005.
Ostenson helped to establish new cherry orchards and develop an organic program at the Chincholo-Stemilt facility in Stockton, California, according to information from company president West Mathison. He also helped a number of growers in California to advance harvest and maximize cherry production and revenues. He worked with Kyle Mathison and his management team on the Kyle Family Farms orchards near Bakersfield, California.
Ostenson will continue to work with Stemilt part time as an advisor and consultant on special projects. He also plans to consult in the industry, working with growers on innovative applied research projects.
Before joining Stemilt, Ostenson was an independent packer and shipper at George, Washington, and had worked exclusively with organic fruit for a decade. He has been involved in numerous industry research projects relating to organic fruit production.