A humble leader (Video)

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

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Mr. Peach

  • July 1st, 2011

Chalmers Carr III is active in the South Carolina peach industry, as well as his own business. His efforts have been recognized by the South Carolina Peach Council, which this year named him Mr. Peach.

He’s been a leader in urging growers to become involved in genetic peach research initiatives [...]

  • Cover boy comes to terms with fame

Cover boy comes to terms with fame

  • June 1st, 2011

Fruit fan Sam Kirby, now 18, was about three when Peter Marbach photographed him. It’s taken a while, but Sam Kirby is getting over his embarrassment about what the Good Fruit Grower staff called “the dirty-faced pear boy” photo.

When Sam Kirby was young, he would cringe when his parents [...]

  • Apples for every taste

Apples for every taste

  • June 1st, 2011

As well as growing fresh apples, Jack Feil grows cider apples, including Hewes Crab, a variety that originated in Virginia around 300 years ago.

Jack Feil grows more than 200 different apple varieties at his orchard in East Wenatchee, Washington, but thinks that’s not enough. He wants to grow apples [...]

  • Varieties that are changing the peach industry

Varieties that are changing the peach industry

  • June 1st, 2011

The New Jersey Peach Festival has been held in July for the past 25 years, at which peach varieties can be tasted and discussed. “We usually have about 20,000 to 30,000 people attend,” said Jerry Frecon, showing the variety display.
COURTESY OF JERRY FRECON

Jerry Frecon takes pride in the [...]

  • There’s a home for unwanted fruit

There’s a home for unwanted fruit

  • May 15th, 2011

Northwest Harvest gleaning volunteers show plums that they picked for a western Washington food bank.
Northwest Harvest

Jami Willard hates to see good fruit that could feed hungry mouths go to waste, especially fruit on trees that’s unwanted because of size, quality, or market conditions. But she knows that the [...]

Manager ready to tackle real problems

  • April 1st, 2011

Dr. James Susaimuthu, program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center at Prosser, Washington, attended ­­college in India before coming to the United States and graduating with a doctorate in plant virology from the ­University of Arkansas.

In his role at the Fruit Tree Network, he sees opportunity to [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 15th, 2011

Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in February. The Baugher family operates Baugher’s Farm Orchard Market.

The award was presented by his son [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 1st, 2011

Jim and Rose King, at left, and John and Betsy King, right, pose with their award and the National Cherry Queen Maria LaCross, who hails from a tart cherry farm close to King Orchards.

Very Cherry Promotion Award
The National Cherry Festival Committee has awarded the Very Cherry Promotion Award [...]

Education for migrant families

  • February 15th, 2011

Coordinators of a migrant education program in Yakima, Washington, are hoping that fruit growers will encourage their employees and their families to take part.

The Ready by Five Center has received federal funding to provide an education program called Migrant Education Even Start, which will provide classes ­simultaneously for parents [...]

Good Job

  • February 15th, 2011

John Carter crowned king
The Dalles, Oregon, cherry grower John Carter was named 2010 Cherry King during the annual Cherry Institute meeting held in Yakima, Washington. Carter was the 67th king to be crowned by the institute.

Rick Derrey, who presented the award, said that Carter’s interest and involvement in [...]

Running ladders

  • February 1st, 2011

Dear Good Fruit Grower:
Many thanks for running the article on my Running Fruit Ladders project, “Large Art For Small Farms,” December 2010.

The story looked wonderful, and the response from your readers was immediate. The first week the magazine was out, we received two generous offers of wooden fruit [...]

  • Stepping aside

Stepping aside

  • February 1st, 2011

Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively involved with than to list the ones he has chaired or served as an officer or board member.

In addition to serving as chair of [...]