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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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It just got out of hand

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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

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IFTA Board Adds New Members

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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

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Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett 1945-2010

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Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett, 64, who spent his career working on the rootstock development program at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, died February 24.

He began working in the mid-1960s for the New York State

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Lonnie Alvin Conner, 1925–2010

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Pasco, Washington, juice grape grower Lonnie Conner, who devoted much of his life to industry and community affairs, died February 19 after a brief illness. He was 84.

Conner, born in Kellogg, Idaho, served in the

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IFTA Makes Awards to Key People

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The International Fruit Tree Association gave awards during the winter conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March.

Phil Brown, owner of Phil Brown Welding, Conklin, Michigan, won the Industry Service Award for his 35 years

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Last Bite – From timber to apples

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Arden Harris was a member of a family that pioneered in the development of the lumber resources of the Entiat and Waterville regions of north central Washington State. His father was Charles Albert Harris, a

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Conversations with the city

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Orchardists represent a sliver of American agriculture. Most of our nation’s farmers grow field crops such as corn, wheat, and soybeans. Many raise livestock, for meat or dairy. Others in the produce sector tend fields

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A grand dream

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Grand Rêve Estate Vineyard sits high above Col Solare Winery on Washington State’s Red Mountain, as seen in the background on the left.

As if planting on a steep slope wasn’t challenging enough, add rock, caliche,

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Last Bite – A double-duty fruit box label

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The ranch house still exists but the sign identifying the property, which was unusual for an area fruit ranch, is long gone.

Ordinarily, this column begins with a history of an individual or company that was

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Growing tomorrow’s leaders

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Noel Mathison (with beard) makes a point during a Class 32 seminar.

What does Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette have in common with Dain Craver, grower of organic tree fruits? Both are graduates of the

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New AVA has historic roots

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One of the original vines planted in 1917 by William Bridgeman, still in production today.

by Chelan David and Melissa Hansen
The Newhouse family always knew they had a unique site to grow grapes. But with the

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Big goal

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Operating seven casinos in Chile evidently wasn’t enough of a gamble for the owner of Agricola Victoria, which has cherry orchards at Rosario, south of Rancagua.

Improving fruit size is a key goal for Antonio Walker,

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Cherries with a challenge

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Chilean cherry grower Pablo Garcés (fourth from left) is general manager and part owner of 800 growing hectares (almost 2,000 acres), half of the acreage is planted with cherries.

Former agronomist Oscar Letelier decided to become

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Seeking strength in adversity

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The disastrous 2009 Northwest cherry deal could be a catalyst for change, resulting in a stronger industry, industry representatives said during a panel discussion at the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting.

Last season, the Northwest

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Service is an education

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im and Rena Doornink of Parker, Washington, have been named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2009 by Good Fruit Grower magazine.

The award is made annually to a grower or family who is innovative

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Strategies for Success

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Jim and Rena Doornink planted this block of Jazz apples last spring. Jazz will fill a gap in their harvest schedule between Honeycrisp and Fuji, keeping their crew busy all summer long.

During his 35 years

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Family branches into organics

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Alberto Carleti planted this hillside orchard after seeing orchards in Sunnyside, Washington.

Argentine cherry grower Alberto Carleti partnered with a friend in Washington State to establish his latest cherry orchard at Tunuyn in Mendoza.

Carleti, who has

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Video touts fruit industry jobs

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Jobs in the tree fruit industry aren’t limited to the obvious ones of picking or packing fruit. That’s the message conveyed in a new video called “Pick of the Crop” made for the Washington Apple

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Last Bite – The Land of the Yakamas

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Cowin paid careful attention to marketing, and his high-quality fruit stood out in the marketplace.

In 1909-1910, Earle Cowin earned the distinction of being one of first Pacific Northwest fruit growers to plant an orchard on

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Embracing change

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Laura Mrachek works to make a difference in the tree fruit industry.

Laura Mrachek, retiring president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, likes change.

So, when she predicts that orchardists are going to have to do things

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Ready for change

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As the new president, John Verbrugge will lead Washington’s Horticultural Association into more involvement with state regulatory issues.

New Hort President John Verbrugge represents a change that’s taking place within the 105-year-old Washington State Horticultural Association

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Last Bite – Groceries, politics, land, fruit

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Walter Bolinger became a fruit grower and packer after working for many years as a shopkeeper.

Merchant, politician, real estate developer, orchardist—each of these terms could be used to describe Walter Albert Bolinger. Bolinger was a

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Industry veteran is new CEO

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With more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of the tree fruit industry, Keith Mathews became CEO in October for the new marketing firm, FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.

Mathews was executive director of the Yakima

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Good Job – November

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Mathews CEO at FirstFruits
Keith Mathews, former executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association, is the new CEO at FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, a new marketing firm in Yakima that opened for business in August.

Mathews

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Quick Bites – November

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Teeple chairs USApple
John Teeple of Teeple Farms, Inc., Wolcott, New York, chairs the U.S. Apple Association for 2009-2010. He succeeds Bruce Grim, Entiat, Washington.

Teeple, a third-generation grower, grows more than 15 varieties of apples on

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Quick Bites

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Big Gala crop

The Washington State apple industry expects to harvest 107 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the first official estimate compiled in August. That would be a 2 percent drop from

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In the Box

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Dear Good Fruit Grower:
There is not enough space in your publication to praise, brag, nor describe the impact that Dr. Joe Sabol has made on California agriculture. Dr. Joe is a teacher’s teacher. He is

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