Young Grower

Stories about young growers

James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

By |July 6th, 2016|

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

By |May 27th, 2016|

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences. She is the daughter of

Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

By |May 19th, 2016|

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and maritime companies around

Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

By |April 30th, 2016|

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

Eladio Gonzalez, a young grower from Selah, Washington

By |April 20th, 2016|

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzalez, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

By |April 20th, 2016|

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

Mike McLaren, a young grower from Salem, Oregon

By |April 20th, 2016|

Mike is a first-generation grower who pursued a degree in winemaking before getting his start working in wine sales, distribution and learning to make wine at Corliss Estates

Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

By |April 20th, 2016|

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

By |April 20th, 2016|

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

By |February 24th, 2016|

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

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