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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

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Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

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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

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Rood stays up-to-date

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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

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Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

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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

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Quality wine by the glass

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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

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In the box

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Dawson Moore loves apples.

Apple fan
Dawson Moore, pictured on his first birthday last fall, just couldn’t wait until the day when he had enough teeth to bite into a delicious whole apple.

He was photographed at an

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Everything about PEACHES

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Desmond Layne’s work in peach cultivar evaluation means tasting a lot of peaches. “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it,” he quips.
Richard Lehnert

Desmond Layne looks younger than he is, and he thinks

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Mr. Peach

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Chalmers Carr III is active in the South Carolina peach industry, as well as his own business. His efforts have been recognized by the South Carolina Peach Council, which this year named him Mr. Peach.

He’s

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Titan Farms

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Amancio Palma, right, manages the huge crew of more than 400 H-2A workers who work in the peach orchards. With Chalmers Carr III, they look over peaches ripening in mid-May.
Richard Lehnert

When you have 4,900 acres

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Cover boy comes to terms with fame

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Fruit fan Sam Kirby, now 18, was about three when Peter Marbach photographed him. It’s taken a while, but Sam Kirby is getting over his embarrassment about what the Good Fruit Grower staff called “the

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Apples for every taste

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As well as growing fresh apples, Jack Feil grows cider apples, including Hewes Crab, a variety that originated in Virginia around 300 years ago.

Jack Feil grows more than 200 different apple varieties at his orchard

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Varieties that are changing the peach industry

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The New Jersey Peach Festival has been held in July for the past 25 years, at which peach varieties can be tasted and discussed. “We usually have about 20,000 to 30,000 people attend,” said Jerry

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There’s a home for unwanted fruit

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Northwest Harvest gleaning volunteers show plums that they picked for a western Washington food bank.
Northwest Harvest

Jami Willard hates to see good fruit that could feed hungry mouths go to waste, especially fruit on trees that’s

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Manager ready to tackle real problems

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Dr. James Susaimuthu, program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center at Prosser, Washington, attended ­­college in India before coming to the United States and graduating with a doctorate in plant virology from the

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Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in February. The

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Jim and Rose King, at left, and John and Betsy King, right, pose with their award and the National Cherry Queen Maria LaCross, who hails from a tart cherry farm close to King Orchards.

Very Cherry

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John Carter crowned king
The Dalles, Oregon, cherry grower John Carter was named 2010 Cherry King during the annual Cherry Institute meeting held in Yakima, Washington. Carter was the 67th king to be crowned by the

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Education for migrant families

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Coordinators of a migrant education program in Yakima, Washington, are hoping that fruit growers will encourage their employees and their families to take part.

The Ready by Five Center has received federal funding to provide an

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Running ladders

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Dear Good Fruit Grower: 
Many thanks for running the article on my Running Fruit Ladders project, “Large Art For Small Farms,” December 2010.

The story looked wonderful, and the response from your readers was immediate. The

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Stepping aside

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Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively involved with than to list the ones he has chaired

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Michelle Moyer, the new viticultural extension specialist for Washington State, visits vineyards in Oppenheim, Germany.

New viticultural specialist hired
Michelle Moyer had a family nursery and landscape business waiting for her in Wisconsin, but instead chose viticulture

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Silver Apple
Organic grower and consultant Dain Craver of Royal City received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Apple award.

Craver grew up in California. His father, a police officer and part-time actor, moved the family to

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Growing new grape leaders

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In recent years, the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers has expanded its educational sessions and trade show to make it the biggest wine producers’ venue in the Pacific Northwest. More

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Passion for research

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Cherries, with their sensitivity to rain at harvest time and market swings, are one of the riskiest and most volatile of tree fruit crops. John Carter may have lacked farming experience—especially with cherries—when he moved

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New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

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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 protégé Rod Farrow.

Farrow first came to Lamont

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Large art for small farms

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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

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Farmworker becomes WINERY OWNER

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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

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Lofty goals

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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

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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

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Last Bite–The Scandinavians

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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

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In The Box

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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

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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

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Montana apples

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The Swanson family’s Mountain View Apple Orchards is located in the Bitterroot Valley, where pioneers from the eastern United States established the first orchards

The Swanson family had one of the first apple orchards planted in

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Good Stuff

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Owners change at Burrows Tractor
John Riel, who joined Burrows Tractor Company in Yakima, Washington, 32 years ago as a general helper, has bought the company.

Riel started work there after graduating from high school. He became

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New AgWeatherNet director
Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, a professor of agrometeorology and crop modeling, has been appointed director of Washington State University’s agricultural weather network, AgWeatherNet. He succeeds Dr. Gary Grove, who will continue his research and

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E.W. Brandt & Sons, Inc., of Parker, Washington, has announced a change in leadership roles for owners and brothers Lynnell and Allen Brandt, that was made effective in May. Lynnell, who has served as company

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Obituaries

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Albert Ravenholt was a visionary. In 1968, he and founding Sagemoor Farms partner Alec Bayless shared a belief that tree fruit and wine grapes would thrive in Washington’s Columbia Basin, an area then still mainly

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In The Box

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As a long-time subscriber to the Good Fruit Grower, I continue to be disappointed by the irrigation issue every year. In contrast to other grower interests, the irrigation section is filled with vague generalities.

I am

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WSU team writes “best paper”
Washington State University Extension enologist Jim Harbertson and colleagues received an award for the 2009 Best Paper in Enology from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. The paper, “Chemical and

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Like firecrackers for the 4th of July

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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,

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Wanted: Endangered apples

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Walking through the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, Maine, is like walking through a Noah’s Ark for apples. The orchard, maintained by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, is filled with endangered apple varieties

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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

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Meeting the organic challenge

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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

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Last Bite–From doctor to farmer

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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

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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

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Good Point–Washington fruit industry scholarships change lives

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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.

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Renewal on the Ridge

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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

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In the Box

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Dear Good Fruit Grower:

As the oldest grandchild of Arden Harris and daughter of Ardenvoir Merlin Harris, I thank you for the excellent article on my family. I appreciated the history of the

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Grove to Receive Extension Award

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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

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Chamberlain Leads Growers

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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

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