A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.


  • Looking for a bipartisan solution

Looking for a bipartisan solution

  • October 1st, 2012

Apple harvest season last year brought home to Dale Foreman just how important a reliable labor force was to his apple-growing operation. Some of his apples went unpicked because of a labor shortage in Washington State, and some were picked too late for best quality and ended up going [...]

  • The ciders of Quebec

The ciders of Quebec

  • October 1st, 2012

In Canada’s Quebec province, the word cider means only one thing—fermented apple juice. You don’t call it hard cider, or apple wine. You just call it cider.

Unlike in the United States, in Quebec apple juice isn’t called cider until it is a fermented, alcoholic beverage. The word wine is [...]

  • Lake Chelan sparkles

Lake Chelan sparkles

  • September 1st, 2012

Julie Pittsinger checks on her four-year-old planting of Pinot Meunier, one of the grapes traditionally used to make Champagne.

Julie and Bret Pittsinger, owners of Karma Vineyards at Chelan, believe that the Lake Chelan area could become Washington State’s champagne-style wine region.

Chelan’s relatively cool climate is ideal for producing high-acid [...]

  • The Kings of Flint

The Kings of Flint

  • August 1st, 2012

Jacky and Dora King have been urban farmers for about six years. The six acres that they farm now contain two hoop-style greenhouses, vegetable gardens, and a 200-tree fruit orchard. The property used to hold a row of abandoned  houses and a commercial business that repaired cars, Dora King [...]

  • Urban orchards

Urban orchards

  • August 1st, 2012

For more than half a century, the great industrial cities of the northeastern United States have been decaying. From what used to be dynamic urban centers, people and industries have moved out, sprawling over adjacent farmland with homes, factories, roads, and shopping centers.

They leave behind abandoned houses and factories, [...]

  • Merging two cultures

Merging two cultures

  • July 1st, 2012

During the early cherry season, West Mathison, ­president of Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, spends about half his time at the company’s California plant, where he sees plenty of familiar faces.

As the Pacific Northwest apple and pear packing season begins to wind down in the spring, the company sends [...]

  • In the Box

In the Box

  • July 1st, 2012

Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I just received the June 2012 issue. As always, lots of good and timely information included between the covers.

However, I’m hoping it was a gross oversight and not intentional that the individual in the cover photo is not identified by name. He obviously plays an [...]

Bob Koehler promoted by Pear Bureau

  • July 1st, 2012

The Pear Bureau Northwest has promoted Bob Koehler to lead regional marketing manager. In this new position, he will serve as the liaison between Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau president, and the regional managers in territories throughout the United States and Canada. He will lead the development of fresh pear [...]

  • Land-grant pioneer

Land-grant pioneer

  • June 1st, 2012

At Michigan State University, “the pioneer land-grant university,” the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.

Some fear that the strongest land-grant feature—its agricultural character—will die out, buried by law schools, business schools, and medical schools doing cancer research.

As evidence, they can point [...]

Land-grant pride in Vermont

  • June 1st, 2012

Many land-grant university campuses have a ­landmark building called Morrill Hall. There are Morrill Halls in New York, Tennessee, Nebraska, ­Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and elsewhere.

But the one in which Thomas Vogelmann has his office is special. It’s the one on the campus of the University of [...]

Pillars of agriculture

  • June 1st, 2012

American farmers can call up images from two very different historical threads when describing themselves.

Farmers are rugged individualists, pioneers who tackled the unfriendly frontier, rifle in one hand, guiding the plow with the other, spouse and children all pitching in to convert the hostile landscape into productive fields that [...]

  • Lone organic grower finds it tough

Lone organic grower finds it tough

  • May 1st, 2012

Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about a half mile apart. Luckily, infrastructure is good, as the landowner built good roads at his own expense.

Anthony Owens’s decision to go organic wasn’t popular with many of his fellow [...]