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Meet Our Growers

 

Tree Top is a grower-owned cooperative with just under 1,000 fruit growers.  Many of our grower-owners have been growing fruit for multiple generations with a long history of caring for the land they love, and harvesting healthy and delicious fruit. 

Featured below are a few of our grower-owners. Please check back to meet more of our growers.

 

Meet John Gebbers, Gebbers Farms

My family has been farming in the Okanogan Valley for over 100 years.  I’m the fifth generation of the family to work in the tree fruit industry.

Gebbers Farms is a family owned, vertically integrated farming, packing and retail operation for apples, pears and cherries. The Gebbers’ family has been part of the Tree Top cooperative for decades.

John enjoy the fact that every fruit crop year has a very clear beginning and definite end, and each one is different! As a vertically integrated operation, it is fun to watch and be part of the entire cycle of making a great apple for somebody to eat.

Johnny is Operations Manager for the Gebbers Farms Warehouse Facility.  John attended Gonzaga and Whitworth University graduating in 2001 from Gonzaga with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He returned to Brewster in 2001 and began working in the family’s warehouse. He assumed his current role of operations manager in 2004. Johnny serves on the Board at Northwest Wholesale and is a committee member for the Washington Tree Fruit Research Center’s Apple Advisory Committee. He is also a grower, farming 200 acres of apples, cherries and pears with his three brothers in Brewster, WA.

John and his wife have 5 children, four boys and one girl.

Meet Travis Allan, Allan Bros., Inc.

I’m a third-generation apple farmer and fourth generation farmer. My great grandfather started with raising dairy cows and row crops to feed that stock. Years later, when my grandfather and his brothers assumed a larger role in the family business, they made a difficult decision to transition away from the dairy operation, and began planting tree fruit. Today, that business continues and we’ve diversified considerably.

After graduating from Wapato High School, I went on to Washington State University. There, I chose to study in the College of Business. Knowing that I could draw from my horticulture experience back home, with generations of tree fruit expertise only a short drive away, I studied business to acquire a better understanding of how to run a successful enterprise. The more I learned about business, the more I could help grow our operation back home—that was my rationale.

The tree fruit business is a lot like a playing a round of golf. There is a beginning, an ending, and in between, we think we are in control of our destiny. Now—don’t get me wrong—as a farmer I have a lot to do with improving our crop prospects, yet Mother Nature invariably has the last word. Farming is unpredictable, and as much as I hate not being in control, I love that every year, each harvest, will be different. There’s promise in that.

Travis married his college sweetheart from WSU, Kelly, and they are raising two children: their daughter Delaney and son Grady.

Meet Doug Stockwell, Orondo Orchards

It seems being a grower has its complexities and the days of spending considerable time in the orchard tending the soil, water and trees is something many, like Doug Stockwell, are wishful to enjoy again and again.

Doug didn’t actually grow up on a farm, but was inspired to be a second generation grower after helping his father in the small family orchard of apricots is dad purchased in 1945 on Rock Island just outside of Wenatchee, Washington.  Born and raised in Wenatchee, Doug began working summers in the orchard as soon as he could drive. After graduating from Wenatchee High School and attending Wenatchee Valley Community College he headed off to Washington State University (WSU) where he graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Business. After college, Doug found the prospect of being a grower a very attractive opportunity and he joined is dad and enjoyed working alongside him until his father’s passing in 1997.

Over time, Doug acquired more property and is now the owner and operator of Orondo Orchards, which is a 100 acres of primarily apples and some cherries north of Wenatchee. In addition, Doug is also a partner in the Highland Operations and their General Manager.  “I don’t get to spend as much time in the field as I’d like. Unfortunately, more time is consumed on the business side of our growing operations in meetings, states Stockwell.” No doubt, the additional 150 acres of mostly apples and some cherries and pears he oversees amounts to a substantial amount of business to manage.

When not managing the growing operations, Doug likes to spend time with family and friends hiking, bicycling and touring by motorcycle in the beautiful Northwest. The proud father of five grown children; two girls and three boys, Doug is now also learning the joys of being a grandparent with three grandchildren.