family background/Matt is the first generation of his family to work in agriculture. He has a horticulture degree from Washington State University and a career as a crop consultant. He’s the son of Michelle and Dave Duke. age/27 grower/in Yakima, Washington crops/Apples, cherries, pears and stone fruit business/G.S.
family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The farm is known for growing some of the first Ambrosias and is branching out into wine grapes. Madeleine is the daughter of Marc and Tessa van Roechoudt and granddaughter of Louis and Suzanne
family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at orchards in Southern Brazil. Guilherme obtained his master’s degree in tree fruit training systems and is pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Santa Catarina State (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina). grower /
family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and agritourism at locations in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is the son of Steve and Vickie Murray. age / 32 crops / Cherries, diversified
family background / Elizabeth studied winemaking and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and California Polytechnic State University and is the assistant vigneronne at Cayuse Vineyards in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. She’s the daughter of Betty and Denis Bourcier. grower / Walla Walla, Washington age / 34 crops / Grapes
family background/ Nick graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College, married Annabeth and has a young son and daughter. Beyond working just about every job on the farm, he wants to continue his education taking horticulture and business classes. He’s the son of Bill and Deede Anderson. age/26 crops/Cherries
family background / Bruno is the third generation of Waimea Nurseries and has been elected to the International New Varieties Network. Bruno is the son of Mike Simpson and Angela Donaldson. grower / Nelson, New Zealand age / 26 crops / Apples, pears, kiwifruit business / Waimea Nurseries,
family background/ After growing up on the family farm, Kyle earned a business degree working as a CPA before returning to work with his father, Shane, and mother, Gail. age / 33 crops / Apples business / Apple Springs Orchards, Inc. How did you get your start? I
family background / Yvette grew up traveling around the globe with parents David and Fiona Jones, who work in food technology. She majored in horticulture and is passionate about applied food sciences. age/23 grower/Nelson, New Zealand crops/Apples, pears, kiwifruit business/Horticulturalist How did you get your start? I’m not
family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice grapes, learning organic methods and helping expand the farm’s apple acreage. He is the son of Carl and Jeannie Kilian and grandson of Ervin and Sharon Kilian. age / 22 crops / Apples
family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife, Shelly, and father-in-law, Dwayne Bowman. His primary job as an agronomist for Soilcraft Inc. has helped him to finance his cherry blocks. age / 28 crops / Cherries business / Eden Acres and
family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by his father, Brad Fowler, and mother, Katy Klein. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he and his wife, Millie, have worked to establish their own cherry and pear orchards. age/30 grower/Hood River,
family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing up learning agriculture from their grandfather, Robert, and fathers, Patrick and Kevin Sullivan, in the Pasco area. Conner is the son of Patrick and Brenda and has two younger siblings. grower / Pasco,
This month, Good Fruit Grower welcomes a new associate editor, Matt Milkovich, who will expand our coverage of the Eastern U.S. fruit regions from his base in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the former editor of
Hayden grew up on a family farm in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. After traveling for work, he settled down in Simcoe, working for Norfolk Fruit Growers Association and buying his first orchard with his wife, Amanda.