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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  • New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

  • December 1st, 2010

Rod Farrow, who has worked for and with George Lamont for 30 years, took complete ownership of Lamont Fruit Farm last summer.

Complete ownership of Lamont Fruit Farm in Albion, New York, passed last summer from George Lamont, a sixth-generation fruit grower and well-known apple industry leader, to his long-time [...]

  • Large art for small farms

Large art for small farms

  • December 1st, 2010

An illustration of what John Maher’s ladder artwork will look like.

Artist John Maher of Mosier, Oregon, is turning his talents to creating a huge outdoor project featuring dozens of colorfully painted fruit ladders that will appear in a conga-line formation, along highways in the Columbia Gorge.

“Getting the public’s attention [...]

Fruit survey coming up

  • December 1st, 2010

Starting in December, Washington State tree fruit and grape growers will be asked for information on their acreage, varieties, and rootstocks for an industrywide survey that will be compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The last grape and tree fruit acreage survey was published in 2006. Dan Kelly, assistant [...]

  • WSU seeks to fund priority programs

WSU seeks to fund priority programs

  • December 1st, 2010

Dr. Jay Brunner

Washington State University will officially announce a major fundraising campaign this month to fund priority programs.

The university aims to raise a billion dollars over a five-year period, and already raised a significant amount before moving the campaign into the public phase. About 25 percent of the target [...]

Wine science center campaign begins

  • December 1st, 2010

A Washington State University wine science center could be near reality within two years. A fundraising campaign to raise private and public funds to build the center at WSU’s Tri-Cities branch has already garnered significant donations.

Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program, said that wine industry [...]

WSU releases second new apple, called WA 5

  • October 1st, 2010

Just a year after the release of WA 2, WSU’s apple breeding program in Wenatchee is releasing its second new cultivar, WA 5. WA 5 is sufficiently different from WA 2 in ripening season, appearance, and eating quality to justify its release.

With a bright orange-red stripe covering 60 to [...]

  • Farmworker becomes WINERY OWNER

Farmworker becomes WINERY OWNER

  • October 1st, 2010

Sergio and Kristy Martinez have partnered with their son and daughter-in-law to establish Martinez and Martinez Winery.

A life-long farmworker, Sergio Martinez dreamed that if he won the lottery, he’d invest in a ­business where his money could work for him.

And though he’s grown wine grapes on a few acres [...]

  • Lofty goals

Lofty goals

  • October 1st, 2010

Andrew and Monica Martinez are the drivers behind the Martinez and Martinez Winery.

Martinez and Martinez Winery was launched in the summer of 2008 at the Winemaker’s Loft in Prosser, Washington, operating under an alternating proprietorship bond that allowed them to share ­tasting room space with Loft co-owner Mike Haddox.

But [...]

Good Job

  • October 1st, 2010

Oregon State University hires research assistant
Preston Brown has been appointed research assistant at OSU’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Hood River. He will assist Dr. Peter Shearer, superintendent of the center, with lab and field studies on the biology, ecology, and management of insect and mite [...]

  • Last Bite–The Scandinavians

Last Bite–The Scandinavians

  • September 1st, 2010

After the Northern Pacific Railroad completed its line through Washington State’s Yakima Valley in the early 1880s, land ­speculators and the railroad itself began to aggressively advertise for new settlers. Posters and promotions were made in northern Europe as well as in eastern parts of the United States. This resulted [...]

In The Box

  • September 1st, 2010

A must-read
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

Expanding your editorial staff to include Richard ­Lehnert is a great move. Richard has firmly established himself in the tree fruit industry and his commitment to getting the story and getting it right has been demonstrated repeatedly over his career. In short order, Richard [...]

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  • September 1st, 2010

Scharlau joins grape board
Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, has been elected to the board of the National Grape Clean Plant Network to succeed Tedd Wildman, owner of Stone Tree Vineyard near Mattawa, Washington.

The National Clean Plant Network was created by the [...]