ALPINE, Ore. — As wine hobbyists, Sue and Neil Shay were not originally planning to create a commercial vineyard when they bought their 6-acre property in 2010.

Shasta County winemaker Brandi Greene affirms there is plenty of room in the California viticulture industry if newcomers have guts and a strong pallet.

In 2010, Josh and Amy Stottlemeyer and a family friend founded Stottle Winery. Today they have two Washington locations, a winery and tasting room in Lacey and a tasting room in Hoodsport.

Old MacDonald had a farm. ... He was a fourth-generation farmer who had inherited the family farm. His income had grown to $120,000 per year. He was getting aged and wanted to sell the farm an…

Self-described gardening geeks and plant nerds, Larry and Bethany Lael encourage clients to live by their trademarked motto, “Plant your own Eden,” like they did 20 years ago when they turned …

Jay Sanders, sales manager for KG Farms, has been involved in the Farwest Show — the biggest green industry show in the West — since 1986. He has served on the show committee and exhibited.

Nurseryman Chris Robinson uses a system that has made him and his team 30% faster at pruning, 70% faster at grading nursery stock and 100% faster at potting. That system is called lean manufacturing.

When owner Jill Hartman began JMH Greenhouse and Water Gardens in 2006, only cattle and hay were raised on the 20 acres about 45 minutes south of Olympia, Wash. Cattle and hay are still part o…

She tried art and she tried teaching, but gardening was Pat Thompson’s first love. In pursuing her passion, her previous experiences have served her well.

Mark and Jolly Krautmann, co-owners of Heritage Seedling & Liners Inc., are widely recognized for their experience in the nursery industry since 1982. The Oregon Association of Nurseries i…

Lory Duralia, owner-operator of a unique nursery enterprise specializing in Pacific Northwest native plants, said she has always wanted to be a farmer. She was able to secure the land, but wit…

“All you want for your life is meaningful work and meaningful relationships,” says Steve Horning. “and we are lucky to have that.” Steve is the third generation on his family’s 1,300-acre farm…

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — If you were a cow, you would want to live here. The weather is mild year-round and the grass grows thick on bottomland soil within earshot of the ocean.

Cheesemaker Anastasia Stuyt has deep roots in California’s fertile Central Valley but the roots grew stronger when her career took an unexpected turn.

Among her many roles as an assistant professor at Oregon State University Extension, Jenifer Cruickshank serves as the “dairy person” on food-related tours organized by the Oregon Dairy and Nu…

An on-site lab, the only one in eastern Idaho where Holstein eggs are gathered and embryos transferred full-time, is enabling genetically superior animals to be raised at Cannon Dairy Farms ne…

Cherry Valley Dairy, an 80-year-old farmstead in Duvall, Wash., north of Seattle was purchased in 2005 by Gretchen Garth.

The Koch family of Canby, Ore., started their registered dairy program in 1987, extending it 10 years later to their latest dairy adventure — a new commercial creamery and line of farmstead cheeses.

Cody Nicholson Stratton’s family has been in dairy farming for upwards of 8 generations, still close to their roots in Humboldt County in Northern California near the Oregon border.

TILLAMOOK, Ore. — When feed costs rise, dairy producers take a renewed interest in growing high-quality feeds on their own land to keep overhead low.

The Will-O-Dell Farm near Filer, Idaho — which has been in the family 100 years as of April 3 — is operated by Dale Williams and his wife, Della Ann.

Garry Hansen is a third-generation dairy farmer who, with Lacey, his wife of one year, has embraced diversification as a means of achieving success at their 100-cow, all purebred Jersey Lady L…