A humble leader (Video)

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


  • The time is right

The time is right

  • January 1st, 2012

Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to Ben), Emily Rice-Townsend (daughter of David), Ted Rice, David Rice, Ben Rice (David’s son), John Rice, Mark Rice, Daniel Rice (son of Ted). John’s son [...]

  • Doubleday has broad interests

Doubleday has broad interests

  • December 1st, 2011

Oliver Doubleday tosses a Gala apple in the air as he explains that U.K. supermarkets don’t want large fruit.
Geraldine Warner

Dr. Oliver Doubleday, chair of East Malling Research for the past five years, has ­agricultural interests around the world, including a 4,500-acre estate in Kent, England.

Doubleday was a research [...]

  • Jones of Washington

Jones of Washington

  • December 1st, 2011

Jack, left, and Greg Jones moved the Jones of Washington winery from Quincy to the J & S Crushing facility in Mattawa in 2008.

Don’t let the magnitude of Jones of Washington Vineyard and Winery fool you. With vineyards spread about a 45-mile radius from Quincy to Mattawa, and the [...]

  • Nothing average about Jones

Nothing average about Jones

  • December 1st, 2011


The tasting room for Jones of Washington wines has no Mediterranean architecture, marble floor, or exquisite wood for the tasting bar, nor expansive windows to showcase views of the vineyard. The focus at Jones of Washington is about the grapes and wines, not the sophisticated, fancy trappings that often [...]

  • Making wines in a big way

Making wines in a big way

  • December 1st, 2011

Pinot Grigio grapes are being crushed. White and red grapes are received and crushed in separate areas at J & S Crushing.
Melissa Hansen

Doing things in a big way is nothing new to Jack Jones of Quincy, Washington. As a diversified farmer who made his mark in potatoes, he [...]

  • Strange times

Strange times

  • November 1st, 2011

Robert Stearns of Kelowna is cutting his apple trees because he can’t afford to replant them.
Marc Arellano

During a scene in the film Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in the Central Okanagan, Canadian orchardist Robert Stearns struggles to contain his emotions as he explains why he is knocking over [...]

  • Trouble on the Double Z

Trouble on the Double Z

  • November 1st, 2011

Roxanne Bell photographs a Double Z ranch foreman who is peering through the steel fence—just feet from where it trails off to twisted strands of often-cut barbed wire.
Jim Black

Dan Bell and the other ranchers who reside along this country’s southern border likely see illegal immigration differently than many [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • October 1st, 2011

Fruit fan Jesse James Botha enjoys reading the Good Fruit Grower at his grandfather’s home in South Africa.

Amy Botha of South Africa snapped this picture of her nine-month-old son Jesse James, who was evidently fascinated by the artwork on the cover of the August Good Fruit Grower.

She captured the [...]

  • Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

  • October 1st, 2011

Fuji proved to be more difficult to grow and pack than Grady Auvil imagined. Fuji is in his right hand and Cameo in his left.

The late Grady Auvil, an orchardist at Orondo, Washington, was one of the state’s pioneers of Granny Smith, but it was Fuji, which came along [...]

  • Rood stays up-to-date

Rood stays up-to-date

  • September 1st, 2011

Many fruit growers know Paul Rood. The Covert, Michigan, fruit grower is a frequent traveler on International Fruit Tree Association trips, where his opinions are carefully presented and attentively listened to. He travels extensively to other scientific symposia as well, and he’s been all over the world.

His 125-acre farm [...]

  • Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

  • August 1st, 2011

After 30 years breeding peaches for the South—15 in the Prince series alone—W.R. (Dick) Okie retired this year. He is still working until a successor is decided upon.
Courtesy of W.R. Okie

W.R. (Dick) Okie, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s stone fruit breeder in Byron, Georgia, for more than 30 years, [...]

  • Quality wine by the glass

Quality wine by the glass

  • August 1st, 2011

James Martin spent two years converting the ground flour of the old flour mill into a tasting room and production facility for Copa Di Vino wines. The milling machinery was left in place.

James Martin hopes to enhance the reputation of single-serving wine containers with his upscale product called Copa [...]