First Bite: Nancy Born takes off her Good Fruit Grower hat.
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
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
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
Michagan grower talks about holding down a full-time job while operating his orchard.
age / 33
crops / wine grapes, 200 acres in apples, 100 acres pears,
business / Darsie, Hutchinson & Pettigrew, Inc.
education / English and journalism focus
other experience / Learning from father and and ranch foreman Alfonso Casillas
growers / Medford, Oregon
(Sean, left) age / 24
crops / Pears and vineyard
education / Santa Clara University
title / Operations and production assistant
(Joe, right) age / 24
crops / Pears
education / University of Advanced Technology in Arizona
Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada
age / 37
crops / More than 130 acres of apples
business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.
education / Mount Royal University, Calgary
other experience / Learning from father and brother-in-law about the
Four couples from Mexico were honored by the Center for Latino Farmers in Yakima
The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania named Reed Soergel its Outstanding Fruit Grower of 2013.
Sixteen Soergel family members are involved in growing and marketing fruits, vegetables, value-added products, including Amish furniture, apple cider and apple
Maryland fruit grower Robert Black received the Harry Black Distinguished Service Award from the state’s horticultural association for his performance as industry spokesperson after the brown marmorated stinkbug invasion in 2010.
The award, interestingly, is named
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized Rick Hamman for his viticultural skills and presented him with its Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year Award. Hamman has assisted Washington grape growers since 1999 when he left Colorado State University as extension viticulturist to join Hogue Cellars in Prosser.
Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, has won the Michigan Pomesters’ Fruit Person of the Year Award.
Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers has announced the promotion of Danny Weeden, ten-year company veteran, to the role of executive vice president, general manager, and chief financial officer.
Weeden, who was the cooperative’s vice president and