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Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Featured stories about good fruit grower of the year appear in this issue.

  • Ag fair adds apples

Ag fair adds apples

  • January 1st, 2009

These Nicola apples grown by Dashan Gill of Oliver, British Columbia, took a first place for new varieties. The reemergence [...]

  • Man with a mission

Man with a mission

  • January 1st, 2009

Aerial view of Broetje Orchards labor housing and packing and storage facility, with part of the orchard shown in the background. [...]

  • Immigration reform needed

Immigration reform needed

  • January 1st, 2009

Part of the Broetje Orchards community of family homes and apartments.


Normally reserved and quiet spoken, Ralph Broetje is uncharacteristically vocal on the topic of [...]

  • Variety pioneer

Variety pioneer

  • January 1st, 2009

Ralph Broetje is converting part of his orchard to organic. Ralph Broetje’s interest in new apple varieties has never waned. [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • January 1st, 2009

The Sanderson label was a simple, yet attractive design that relied more on typography than color. There is only one known surviving [...]

Economic uncertainty

  • January 1st, 2009

Tree fruit nurseries are wondering how the global economic recession might affect a recent apple-planting boom in Washington. "I think it will [...]

Dolores, Molestias, y Estiramientos

  • January 1st, 2009

Transfiera este artículo como archivo del pdf. Lo que llamamos dolores, molestias y estiramientos del trabajo físico son conocidos, por aquellos que se [...]

  • Orchard renovation

Orchard renovation

  • January 1st, 2009

Good returns on apples the last couple of seasons appear to have fueled sales of nursery trees. Nurseries say [...]

Aches, Pains, and Strains

  • January 1st, 2009

Download this article as a pdf file. What we call the aches, pains, and strains of manual labor are known as work-related musculoskeletal [...]

Good Point – Desmond O'Rourke

  • January 1st, 2009

Most economic slowdowns have little measurable impact on the demand for fresh fruits. In rich countries like the United States or Canada, consumers are [...]

Concord juice, a super food

  • January 1st, 2009

The Washington juice grape industry is missing out on an opportunity by not promoting the fruit’s nutritional value, Rocky Brumley, inside sales manager for [...]

Sustainability standards

  • January 1st, 2009

As development of a national standard for sustainable agriculture moves forward, the Northwest Horticultural Council is following the process by participating in a coalition [...]