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wo of the top three trophies in theNational Apple Competition at the Royal


Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto were brought home to B.C. this year by a very proudGlen Lucas, general manager of theB.C. Fruit Growers’ Association. It’s the best showing for Okanagan


apples since the contest was resurrected four years ago at the fair, he said, with even a win in the Honeycrisp category, which generally is picked up by an Eastern grower. Champion of the new varieties classes was Sun-Oka Fruit Farms of Summerland, formerlyGartrell Heritage Farms, for its Aurora Golden Galas. Sun-Oka also picked up theTyrell Trophy for best collection of five apples, and reserve champion in commercial varieties.Devin Jell and his wife Janine also won top in class for their Ambrosias and Auroras. Shivinder Gill of Oliver won the grand champion prize in commercial varieties and top in class for both Golden and Red Delicious, while the Gill Farmcame third for Galas and for the collection of five.Billy and Shauna BoerboomofThe Apple Barnin Summerland came second in the Gala, Spartan and Goldens classes; third for their Granny Smith apples in heritage varieties; first for their Honeycrisp apples and were named reserve champion in the new varieties class for them. Jill, Martin and Jonathan Rothe of JMJ Biodynamic Orchardin Oliver came third for Jonagolds and second for their Reds in the commercial class; and first and grand champion in the heritage class for their Winesaps.Lane and Ryan Mitchell of Summerland took second place and reserve champion in the heritage varieties class for their Granny Smith apples. They also came second for the best collection of five varieties.Gord Shandler of Summerland came second for his Ambrosias and for his new Salish variety in the other category of new varieties.Angie Ritz of Kelowna came second for Aurora Golden Galas and third for Ambrosias in the new varieties class, while Frank Fenwick of Cawston came third for Auroras. Top Nicola apples were grown byNarinder and Surinder Gosal of Kelowna whileGurinder Saranof Kelowna took third place for Nicolas... The Peterson family farmof


Salmon Arm received aCentury Farm 26


Ridge andDiane Sarglepp of Heaven’s Gate... Tabletree Juice of


Some winning Okanagan entries in the National Apple Competition.


Award from Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick at their orchard in the Broadview area this fall.Ed and Ivar Petersonarrived in the area in 1911, receiving four hectares of land and $50 each for logging and clearing 16 hectares. That was the start of the family farm. Ed and his wife Mina were both from Sweden and they had eight children born here:Hubert, Elmer, Hjalmar, Floyd, Margaret, Violet, Alf and Ingrid. The family specialized in growing apples on the orchard, and Ed and his five sons formed a company to run the orchards. In 1948, they grew 2,000 bins of apples. For several years, their fruit accounted for three per cent of the apples and seven per cent of the cherries at theVernon Fruit Union. Today, they grow more than 50 varieties of apples, along with peaches, plums and other fruit. Laura Peterson operates a small pie-making company, using seasonal ingredients from the orchard. Alf Peterson says today the third generation grows apples, cherries and other fruit without irrigation, as well as making juice and pies... Christina Ferreira of Impact


Event Management has been hired as coordinator for theBottleneck Drive Winery Association. President Jack Fraser noted, “Christina brings many years of experience and great knowledge of the wine tourism sector.” She was born and raised in the valley and has worked with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and a number of other organizations... The 12-member association also


elected its 2012-13 board this fall, with plans to build the brand as a destination touring area for both locals and visitors, said new president Julian Scholefield ofOkanagan Crush Pad. The other new executive members are: vice- president Fraser of Thornhaven, secretaryKristina Neilsonof Sumac


Creston, owned by cherry growers Susan and Gary Snow, won the award forBest Pure Juice Product 2012 for their Tabletree Black Cherry Juice at the 17th annual World Juice Conference in Barcelona, Spain this fall. It was attended by


a record 350 large-scale growers, producers and processors from more than 60 countries, including brands like Tropicana, Coke and Pepsi. The Snows say the whole experience has been overwhelming. “It was a dream come true for us,” they said in a prepared statement. “We could see many were looking beyond the obvious by adding compounds and man-made ingredients to the food to make it healthy, rather than just adding healthy food to make it healthy. We wondered what kind of impact we could have had on anyone there and maybe our little company and what we had to say—and just by winning the award—we may have made many realize the consumer really just wants simple, honest, pure ingredients in their food, with a touch of class...” The 2013 Fieldmen’s


Horticultural Forumwill be held in Kelowna March 6 and 7, where the annual horticultural awards will be presented as well. In conjunction with the hort forum, theOkanagan- Kootenay Cherry Growers’ Associationwill hold its annual general meeting on March 7... The Investment Agriculture


Foundation of B.C. is accepting nominations until the end of November for the 2013 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-food. The award is open to producers, processors, agri-business owners or operators and other industry leaders. Innovations will be evaluated for their originality and uniqueness, degree of economic, social and/or environmental benefit to the province and human interest potential. The winner will be announced at theAgri- Food Industry Gala inAbbotsford in January. Nomination forms are available at: www.iafbc.ca


British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Winter 2012-13


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