KELOWNA, B.C. — British Columbia orchardist David Geen was named Outstanding Grower of the Year by the International Fruit Tree Association at its annual meeting here this week.
Geen owns Coral Beach Farms, near Kelowna, B.C., where he has 400 acres of cherries, making him the biggest cherry grower in [...]
Sarah Adams / grower / Delhi, California
age / 31
business / Warda Farms
family farm / Susan Warda, mom, and sisters Kristin Bulk, Michelle Dwight
crops / Cling peaches, almonds, custom almond harvesting
title / Managing partner
Q: What was your path into farming?
Growing up, I worked on our farm in the peaches [...]
Phil Korson was having a problem filling the program for the annual Cherry Marketing Institute luncheon—because he was part of the program, a secret part he didn’t know about. He was the gap in the program.
The Cherry Marketing Institute is 25 years old this year, and Korson has been [...]
The Cherry Marketing Institute also recognized Randy Willmeng, a cherry grower from Lawton, who farms with his wife, Linda, and son, Marc, who represents the fifth generation on the family farm. Randy has owned it since 1989. Willmeng, who chairs the CMI, was named Cherry Person of the Year [...]
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 wine, and farm-based entertainment. Soergel Orchards is located in Wexford, in western Pennsylvania. It [...]
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 after Bob’s father, who was an industry leader in his day.
Henry Allenby, in presenting [...]
Laura Batcha has been named CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association, a North American membership-based trade association representing the organic food industry. Its members range from farmers and ranchers to handlers to manufacturers and retailers.
Batcha most recently served as OTA’s executive vice president and interim co-executive [...]