Young Grower

Stories about young growers

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.

Sierra Williams, a Young Grower from Cedaredge, Colorado

By |February 24th, 2016|

Sierra, a fifth-generation tree fruit grower, is one of three siblings and is the daughter of Dan and Connie Williams.

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

By |January 29th, 2016|

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

By |December 30th, 2015|

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit and Produce Company
family background /

Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

By |October 30th, 2015|

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

By |September 30th, 2015|

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.

Andy Smith, a Young Grower from Poplar Grove, Illinois

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Andy Smith, from Edwards Apple Orchard, talks with Good Fruit Grower about how his family grew the business from a small farm market to one of the most popular farm destinations in the Midwest.

Manuel Martinez Jr., a Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

By |August 3rd, 2015|

Four months out of Wenatchee Valley College, Manuel talks with Good Fruit Grower about why he pursued a career in farming and orchard management.

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