Young Grower

Stories about young growers

Eladio Gonzales, 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 Gonzales, 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.

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.

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