Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

By |November 28th, 2014|

Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles [...]

Latino Leadership Award 2014: José Ramirez

By |November 28th, 2014|

His philosophy has always been that you can’t wait for things to happen around you. You have to make them happen.

2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

By |November 28th, 2014|

Jerry Haak had a passion for growing fruit and finding better ways to do it. He used cutting-edge techniques not only to increase his yields, but to produce higher quality fruit and use labor more efficiently.

New tree fruit association will expand services

By |November 28th, 2014|

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

By |November 27th, 2014|

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

By |November 26th, 2014|

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business [...]

Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

By |November 16th, 2014|

Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October [...]

Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

By |November 1st, 2014|

age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries
title / Partner, farm manager
business / River Bend Orchards
education / [...]

John Daniel Gebbers, 1930 – 2014

By |October 31st, 2014|

 

John “Danny” Gebbers, 84, patriarch of the Gebbers family that has been growing apples near Brewster for more than [...]

Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

By |October 9th, 2014|

Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to [...]