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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  • May 15th, 2010

Harold Thome is Pomesters’ Fruit Man of the Year
Harold Thome, a fourth-generation apple grower on Fruit Ridge near Comstock Park, Michigan, has been named Fruit Man of the Year by the Michigan Association of Pomesters.

Now 78, Thome has turned management over to son Steve, but he still works [...]

  • Like firecrackers for the 4th of July

Like firecrackers for the 4th of July

  • May 15th, 2010

Hoxsie’s Farm Market is ideally located to serve a million tourists during the week of July 4—but he needs sweet cherries to attract them.

The National Cherry Festival drew a million people to Traverse City, Michigan, during the week starting July 4 last year, and, as the name says, it’s [...]

  • Last Bite–From doctor to farmer

Last Bite–From doctor to farmer

  • May 1st, 2010

The altimeter on John Kloeber’s label at right shows an altitude of 1,500 feet, a suggestion that fruit grown in orchards at high altitudes is of high quality. Upper right: The Green River Hot Springs and Sanitarium Hotel pictured in 1908.

Yakima Valley apple and pear rancher Dr. John S. [...]

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Good Job

  • May 1st, 2010

Apple Blossom Queen Margaret Robinson presented a plaque to WSU Extension Educator Tim Smith when he was named Apple Citizen of the Year 2010.

Tim Smith is Apple Citizen of the Year
Tim Smith, a Washington State University Extension educator for the past 25 years, has been named Apple Citizen of [...]

  • Good Point–Washington fruit industry scholarships change lives

Good Point–Washington fruit industry scholarships change lives

  • May 1st, 2010

Yadira Castaneda recently received the Jacque McDougall Memorial Scholarship, funded by McDougall and Sons of Wenatchee, and Cecelia Guzman received a CCM scholarship funded by Columbia Marketing International, Columbia Fruit Packing, and McDougall & Sons. Both scholarships are equivalent to 85 percent of the cost of tuition, books, room [...]

  • Meeting the organic challenge

Meeting the organic challenge

  • May 1st, 2010

Harry and Jackie Hoch (center) gather in their orchard for a family photo on Easter weekend, where unusual 80-degree weather advanced the season, requiring sprays for disease control on the apricots and plums. With them are Harry’s mother, Jackie Senior, and their daughters Missy (far left) and Angi.
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  • Renewal on the Ridge

Renewal on the Ridge

  • April 15th, 2010

Orchardists on Fruit Ridge northwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, suffered mightily when the market for processing apples weakened in the last decade of the twentieth century, and it looked like the damage might be permanent.

Real estate developers jumped on the best sites, putting houses on the tops of these [...]

In the Box

  • April 15th, 2010

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

As the oldest grandchild of Arden Harris and daughter of Ardenvoir Merlin Harris, I thank you for the excellent article [February 15, 2010] on my family. I appreciated the history of the family business and wanted to pass along a few notes to round out Mr. [...]

  • Grove to Receive Extension Award

Grove to Receive Extension Award

  • April 1st, 2010

Dr. Gary Grove, Washington State University plant pathologist, will receive the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Extension Award during the society’s annual meeting in August.

The award recognizes an APS member who has made outstanding contributions or provided significant leadership in the area of Extension. Grove has statewide Extension responsibilities [...]

  • Chamberlain Leads Growers

Chamberlain Leads Growers

  • April 1st, 2010

Lynne Chamberlain was elected 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Chamberlain, the first woman to lead the organization’s board, is owner of Spofford Station Vineyards and JLC Winery of the Walla Walla Valley appellation.

Todd Newhouse of Outlook was elected vice [...]

  • It just got out of hand

It just got out of hand

  • April 1st, 2010

Phil Brown Welding officially started business in 1964, after some years as an unofficial provider of specialized fruit industry equipment.

“My dad was a fruit grower,” Phil said. “We started building machines for our use, and then began building stuff for the neighbors. It just got out of hand.”

His brother, [...]

  • IFTA Board Adds New Members

IFTA Board Adds New Members

  • April 1st, 2010

Three new directors were elected to the board of the International Tree Fruit Association during IFTA’s 53rd annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March, and two board members were re-elected.

The new directors, each of whom will serve a three-year term, are:

Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University extension tree [...]