Brazelton family receives horticulture honor
The Brazelton family, which operates a well-known blueberry plant nursery, was recognized with an award from the Oregon Horticultural Society.
The family, which founded the Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in Lowell, Ore., received the Hartman Cup at a blueberry industry conference on Jan. 27.
The award is named after Henry Hartman, a former horticulture professor at Oregon State University.
The award recognizes the Brazelton family’s introduction of valuable blueberry cultivars over the past 35 years, according to OHS.
The nursery has also pushed the envelope in propagation and production techniques, such as its tissue culture lab, the society said.
Dave Brazelton, the company’s founder, said the nursery’s innovation was only possible because blueberry farmers are so forward-thinking.
“It’s really been because the Northwest growers have embraced it,” he said. “That’s been a great environment for the past three decades.”
Cort Brazelton, his son, said the honor is particularly meaningful at a time that the nursery is preparing for a generation transition.
“Any success we’ve had is reflective of the community we’re serving,” he said.