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gfg-portraits-melissaMelissa Hansen joined the Good Fruit Grower team as associate editor in 1996 and provides editorial and Web site content for all fruit, but in particular, the Pacific Northwest grape industry.

She moved with her family to Ellensburg, Washington, in 1995 after spending nearly 15 years in Fresno representing California tree fruit and grape growers and shippers in state and federal issues. She received an agricultural journalism degree in 1980 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a member of Class XVII of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. In 2008, she received a women’s leadership award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

Melissa grew up in the beef industry, working in her family’s feedlot and custom meat locker. As a youth, she enjoyed raising market sheep and steers for 4-H and FFA projects and continued that passion as a sheep 4-H leader for more than 10 years in Washington’s Kittitas County.

She helps her husband, Mark, during the summers on their Ellensburg ranch, where they have 250 acres of timothy hay (she drives the baler during hay harvest) and 40 cow/calf pairs. They have a daughter, who is married, and a son; both children attended colleges in California and are employed there.

Phone: (509) 968-3922 — Email

My Featured Articles

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12 tips for selling to multiple wineries

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Growers must be matchmakers when selling to wineries.

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Optimizing cherry quality during export

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Choosing the right MAP liner can improve fruit quality.

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Calcium improves cherry quality

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Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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Match vintage with wine style

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There is a market for cool vintage wines.