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  • Young grower Anel Dorantes

Anel Dorantes, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Anel grew up on her father’s farm with five younger brothers and

  • James Bukovinsky, a young grower

James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree

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Devon Wade, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / After serving several tours overseas in the U.S. Army, Devon joined his

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Tarrah Te Velde, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/Tarrah works with her mother Michelle Te Velde on their family pear orchard that

  • Tim Akita

Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.

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Craig Harris, a young grower from Moxee, Washington

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Craig is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from Whitworth College. He grew

  • Alfredo Reyes, young grower from Royal City

Alfredo Reyes, a young grower from Royal City, Washington

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Alfredo was born in Mexico and grew up in Wenatchee with four

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Glade Brosi, young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Glade is originally from Kentucky and joined Stemilt in 2011 with a

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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Kelsey Twitchell, a young grower from Dryden, Washington

April 20th, 2017|1 Comment

Kelsey’s family farm is nestled in the hills of Washington’s upper Wenatchee Valley, where they grow fresh market pears.

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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by

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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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Pierre Paradis, Young Grower from Silverton, Oregon

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Pierre is the son of Peter and Donna Paradis, who were among

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Monica Libbey, Young Grower from Manson, Washington

October 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

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family background/ Both sides of Monica’s family have long histories farming in the Chelan Valley,

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Jared Gidley, Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Jared is a first-generation farmer who worked several orchard jobs growing up in Parkdale, Oregon.

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

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James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

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Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

  • Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|2 Comments

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Paul Bavaro

Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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Eladio Gonzales, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzales, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

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Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

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Mike McLaren, a young grower from Salem, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike is a first-generation grower who pursued a degree in winemaking before getting his start working in wine sales, distribution and learning to make wine at Corliss Estates

  • Joe Brandt

Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

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Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

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Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

  • Sierra Williams

Sierra Williams, a Young Grower from Cedaredge, Colorado

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Sierra, a fifth-generation tree fruit grower, is one of three siblings and is the daughter of Dan and Connie Williams.

  • Catherine Kiyokawa from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit

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Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

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Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

September 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.

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Andy Smith, a Young Grower from Poplar Grove, Illinois

September 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Andy Smith, from Edwards Apple Orchard, talks with Good Fruit Grower about how his family grew the business from a small farm market to one of the most popular farm destinations in the Midwest.

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Manuel Martinez Jr., a Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Four months out of Wenatchee Valley College, Manuel talks with Good Fruit Grower about why he pursued a career in farming and orchard management.

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Daniel Bays, a Young Grower from Westley, California

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Daniel Bays is a fifth generation farmer talks with Good Fruit Grower about how the farm is dealing with drought and the possible transition to mechanized harvesting.

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Evan, a fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market, Kruse Farms, talks with Good Fruit Grower about growing in Roseburg.

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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 12th, 2015|3 Comments

Nick Hammond, a Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon talks about why he is a cherry farmer and about working toward a pedestrian style orchard system.

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Chelsea Durfey, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

April 30th, 2015|1 Comment

I’ve had so many mentors... They’ve taught me about pruning, soil biology, bees, products, and applications, and there’s so much yet for me to learn.

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Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho

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Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 31st, 2015|1 Comment

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries, wine and juice grapes
business / Owner

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Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for

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Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 11th, 2015|3 Comments

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grower / Alderdale, Washington
age / 36
crops / wine grapes
business / Austin Sharp Vineyards
other experience /

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Steven Thompson and Kris Fade, Young Grower from Mosier, Oregon

January 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Mosier, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington
age / Fade (30) and Thompson (42)
crops /

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Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

January 20th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
age / 20
crops / apples, peaches
business / Mt. Ridge Farms
other experience /