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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  • Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

  • July 1st, 2014

age / 37
crops / Peaches and almonds
title / Farm manager
business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking over the business from his parents. Peter’s grandparents started farming in Escalon after immigrating from Italy in the 1920s.
education / Master’s degree in plant breeding [...]

  • Stone fruit farm stay

Stone fruit farm stay

  • July 1st, 2014

Mike and Nori Naylor educate urban folks about agriculture and stone fruit one family at a time. At their farm stay, located in the heart of California’s stone fruit growing region, guests can pick their own fruit, learn about life on a small family farm, or just unwind from [...]

New board member joins Washington Wine Industry Foundation

  • June 20th, 2014

Sherri Swingle joins the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors. Swingle, who was the executive director of the Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, brings marketing, event and fundraising experience to the WWIF board. She is also credited with producing the Auction of Washington Wines with the foundation.

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  • Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

  • June 3rd, 2014

age / 32
crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn
business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with his parents and three siblings.
education / Learned from family on the farm along with business courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Q: What was your path [...]

  • Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

  • May 19th, 2014

age / 24
crops / manages cherry and apple orchards
business / Roy Farms. Curtis is part of the fifth generation working the family farm.
education / BS in Agriculture Economics at Washington State University

Q: What was your path to farming?
Growing up, I saw Dad waking up at [...]

  • WSU researcher wins educator award

WSU researcher wins educator award

  • May 16th, 2014

Washington State University researcher, soil scientist and teacher, John Reganold, was named the 2014 Food and Farm Educator by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute on May 14. Reganold is one of four 2014 Growing Green Award winners from the two groups that include [...]

  • Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

  • May 16th, 2014

The Auction of Washington Wines named Larry and Dick Olsen, and Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges as honorees for the 27th annual events this summer.

Larry and Dick Olsen are the auction’s 2014 Honorary Growers for their over 40 years as growers, establishing Olsen Brothers Vineyards in 1972, which now grows [...]

Steve Black joins Holtzinger

  • April 16th, 2014

Steve Black has been appointed sales manager of Holtzinger Fruit Company, Yakima, Washington. He was previously on the sales desk at Sage Fruit Company, Yakima, for eight years.

Black’s grandparents had a small orchard in the Buena Heights area of the Yakima Valley, where they grew apples, peaches, apricots, prunes, [...]