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Josh Heinicke, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments family background / Josh is the fourth generation of his family in farming and is the production supervisor at Columbia Fruit. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Josh is the son of Susan and Gus Heinicke. grower / Wenatchee, Washington age / 27 crops /

Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia

May 15th, 2019|1 Comment family background/ Erin received her agriculture degree in organics at the University of Guelph in Ontario and is also active in local politics representing growers in Summerland. She is the daughter of Jan and Keith Carlson. age/31 grower/Summerland, British Columbia crops/Cherries business/Carcajou Fruit Co. How did you get your

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Kevin Kenoyer, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments family background/Kevin is a fourth-generation grower who grew up in the Wenatchee River Valley. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in fruit and vegetable management, is the son of Kim and Dan Kenoyer and is married to Kiera Kenoyer. age/26 grower/Cashmere, Washington crops/Cherries, apples, pears business/Wilbur-Ellis

Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture and enology at Walla Walla Community College and Washington State University. He’s the son of Carmen and Dave Tobin. age/36 crops/grapes, apples and cherries business/Precept Wine Brands How did you get your start? Growing

Roland Markgraf, a young grower from Kelowna, British Columbia

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments family background / Roland will be graduating from University of British Columbia with a degree in horticulture and hopes to pursue his graduate degree in plant genetics. He currently works for the family farm, H&S, and worked with the sterile codling moth insect release program in British Columbia. Roland

Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser, Washington

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments family background/Nereyida grew up on her family’s farm growing Concord grapes. She is pursuing her university degree in viticulture and enology and is a viticulture technician at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and 14 Hands Winery. She is the daughter of Francisco and Victoria-Torres Ponce. age/23 crops/grapes business/Ste. Michelle Wine

Dan Norman, a young grower from Sparta, Michigan

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments family background/ Dan is a first-generation tree fruit grower who wants to build on the farm’s family legacy built by his father-in-law, Rodney Klenk, in Western Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan University, is married to Natalie Norman and is the son of Dan and Dawn Norman. age/26 grower/Sparta,

Michelle Cortens, a young grower from Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments family background/Michelle is the first generation in her family in agriculture. She grew up in Dryden, Ontario, obtaining her master’s degree at University of Guelph and now is a tree fruit specialist doing farm extension services. She is the daughter of Charmon MacDonald and Marcel Arseneault. age/26 grower/Kentville, Nova

Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping her family establish their own ranch in North Central Washington. She is currently working as a farm special operations manager in and around the Naches and Yakima valleys. She is the daughter of Aristeo

Devyani Isabel Gupta, a young grower in Walla Walla, Washington

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

family background / Devyani, a past recipient of the Walter J. Clore Scholarship, obtained a degree in viticulture and enology from Walla Walla Community College and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish from Whitman College. She was raised in Portland, Oregon, by her father, Shantanu Gupta, a computer

Washington Apple Education Foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships

By |May 15th, 2020|Categories: Jonelle Mejica, News, Updates|Tags: , , |

The Washington Apple Education Foundation announced its 2020 scholarship recipients in a May 15 news release. In total, the foundation is awarding more than $1 million to 310 students from Adams, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas,

Washington allows bunk beds during pandemic

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Labor, Legal & Regulatory, Ross Courtney, Updates|Tags: , , , |

Bunk beds in Washington are still in. The state Department of Labor and Industries issued emergency rules this week that allow the use of bunk beds in temporary farmworker housing under certain conditions during the

Northwest Cherry Growers holds virtual 5-state annual meeting

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Cherries, International, Marketing, Ross Courtney, Trade, Updates|Tags: , |

The annual 5-state meeting of Cherry Growers Northwest, normally held in a Richland, Washington, hotel, convened virtually on May 13 with more than 100 participants by either Zoom or conference call. Sweet cherry producers from