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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 Recent Articles

  • Woot Froot

Success with fresh sliced pears and peaches

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

A Fresno-based, California company is one of the first to bring fresh-cut pears and stone fruit to the retail market.

  • Woot Froot

Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

Embrace wine diversity

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

A veteran winemaker gives tips on making wines from cool and warm sites.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Warm and cool site challenges

August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Yield management is critical when growing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool site.

  • StingingNettle3_JamesDavidWSU

Stinging nettle is beneficial

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Nettles provide habitat for natural enemies of pests.

  • Washington State University Wine Science Center

Student wines toast WSU Wine Science Center’s opening

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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Washington’s wine industry will fittingly toast the grand opening of the new Wine Science Center

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

  • Oregon Cherry Growers

Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

May 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.