family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young grower groups and
In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations and a few advisory committees
Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.
Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.
Noah Gizdich walks through the north part of the family ranch in Watsonville, California, where the family has planted
Marcus Robert at Tieton Cider Works' cider orchard in Yakima, Washington in 2014. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower file photo)