Good Fruit Grower

February 15

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38 DECEMBER 2013 GOOD FRUIT GROWER Q: What was your path into farming? Growing up, I worked on our farm in the peaches during the summer. In high school I worked at the nearby peach delivery station and had an interest in agriculture. Although I did not originally go to U.C. Davis to study ag e conomics, I found that those were the classes that were the most interesting to me, so I decided to follow that direction. When my dad passed away while I was in college, I started managing our family's farm, and the rest fl owed from there. Q: What skills have you gained since college? While I was in college, I had the unique opportunity to take course work that correlated with my job as a farm manager, instead of just going to school and then trying to remember what I learned in college later. After college, while managing our farm, I also worked as an almond buyer and gained a signifi cant amount of practical information about fruit and nut sales and marketing. Working full-time for someone else also gave me valuable insight into effective communication and managing my family's business. Q: What are the biggest challenges ahead? On our farm, family relationships have a higher priority than work, so one of the biggest challenges in the future of our farm, run by women, will be balancing growing families and responsibly running a demanding business. Sarah Adams LAST BITE Young Growers will be featured here throughout 2014. Learn more at: grower / Delhi, California " " " PLAY scan to watch the interview age / 31 business / Warda Farms family farm / Susan Warda, mom, and sisters Kristin Bulk, Michelle Dwight crops / Cling peaches, almonds, custom almond harvesting title / Managing partner photo & video by TJ Mullinax 38 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 GOOD FRUIT GROWER

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