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IN THIS ISSUE SPRING 2013


Serving the tree fruit, grape and wine industries of British Columbia, Canada


Published quarterly by OMedia Communications


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23 On The Cover


The production lines at Auvil Fruit Company in Orondo, WA were visited earlier this year by a group of Okanagan orchardists wanting to learn more about the company’s successes with the challenging but very tasty BC-bred apple variety, Aurora Golden Gala. See page 7.


Judie Steeves photo British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2012 3


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UNITY A TOP PRIORITY


New BCFGA president Jeet Dukhia sees mending relationship with main co-op as a major objective after a turbulent year for the grower association.


SHARING THEIR EXPERTISE


Cawston organic growers Annemarie and Kevin Klippenstein find the benefits of their apprenticeship program can go both ways.


FROM PHOTOG TO VINTNER


SpierHead Winery’s Brian Sprout decided to focus on a new career and it developed into a winner.


THE WINEMAKER AS ARTIST


His sensory ‘pigment’ is drawn from the vineyard and his brush is a stainless steel tank or oak barrel.


regulars UP FRONT


MARKETWATCH PETERWATERMAN


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WINEMAKER’S BOOKSHELF 27 PRUNINGS


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