OSU's Azarenko honored
Dr. Anita Azarenko, chair of Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture, received the Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers’ Cooperator of the Year award during a recent sweet cherry research symposium held at The Dalles, Oregon.
Azarenko joined the horticultural department in 1986 after receiving her doctorate in horticulture from the University of Maryland. She has been chair of the Horticulture Department since 2003. At OSU, she has worn many hats—researcher, teacher, extension pomologist, and co-director of the BioResource Research major, an undergraduate, interdisciplinary major where students develop their own research project in collaboration with a research faculty member.
She’s been involved with a host of research projects important to Pacific Northwest tree fruit growers, including alternative orchard floor management systems, resistance of sweet cherry genotypes to bacterial canker, nutrition, rootstock selection, pollination/fertilization issues of Regina, and more.
She and her husband have a small organic cherry, apple, plum, and hazelnut orchard and sell their fruit through direct marketing.
The Fruit Growers organization represents nearly 450 cherry, apple, and pear growers and 20 packer-shippers in the Mid Columbia Gorge area of Washington and Oregon.