With nearly 200 exhibitors and more than a quarter of a million square feet of display space, the 19th annual edition of the Willamette Valley Ag Expo promises to be one of the biggest and best ever.

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…