A humble leader (Video)

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


  • Growing great learners

Growing great learners

  • October 1st, 2012

Washington Fruit and Produce Company, one of Washington’s top tree fruit producers, is seeing success in a new type of cultivation: helping the young children of some of its employees be better prepared to succeed at school.
Washington Fruit helped create the Growing Great Learners program in 2010 to [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Eastern organic apples

Eastern organic apples

  • May 1st, 2012

Until now, Owens has worked with orchards established conventionally and converted to organic.

This year, Anthony Owens will start his second decade as a grower of organic apples. That’s likely a record for his location.

Back in 2001, Owens and a few other growers in Henderson County, North Carolina, decided to [...]

  • Going without sulfites

Going without sulfites

  • May 1st, 2012

Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
Melissa Hansen

Greg Powers, winemaker for Washington State’s largest organic winery, didn’t initially make organic wines for Badger Mountain Vineyard winery, even though the grapes were from [...]