Long has worked at OSU extension in The Dalles for 29 years.
A Long goodbye for Oregon horticulturalist
Ross Courtney // Jun 1, 2017
Lynn Long, Oregon State University extension horticulturist, leads a pre-harvest cherry tour on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in The Dalles, Oregon. Long is retiring at the end of June after 29 years. (Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower)
Thursday’s preharvest cherry tour, held every year in the Columbia Gorge areas of Washington and Oregon, concluded with a farewell celebration to Lynn Long, the horticulturist who usually leads it.
At the end of June, Long, 63, is partially retiring from his 29-year post at the Oregon State University extension office in The Dalles, Oregon.
Participants say goodbye to the retiring Lynn Long, an Oregon State University extension horticulturist, at a lunch following the annual a pre-harvest cherry tour on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in The Dalles, Oregon. Long is seated in the black shirt in the center of the photo. (Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower)
After a morning of cherry training talks, equipment demonstrations and soil health discussions, 50 or so tour participants joined Long for a goodbye cake and a few gifts and a lunch hosted by a nearby orchardist.
Long will still be involved in the Northwest cherry industry. He plans to work part-time for three years to follow through on some new soil health trials with grower Mike Omeg, funded by a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, as well as other projects. His wife, Marlene, works as an area representative for a California fruit genetics company.
“I’ll still be around,” Long said.
The couple has three adult children and seven grandchildren.
The university plans to hire a new extension specialist to replace Long, said Joyce Loper, association dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ross Courtney is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles and taking photos for the print magazine and website. He has a degree from Pacific Lutheran University. -- Follow the author -- Contact: 509-930-8798 or email.