Peerbolt Crop Management
Copyright 2009 - 2014
Tom Peerbolt, Senior Consultant, created Peerbolt Crop Management (PCM) in 1992. He writes the Small Fruit Update newsletter and heads up the on-farm variety trials. He oversees all aspects of the business, interacts with clients, and actively particiates in promoting communication and cooperation between growers, processors, industry representatives, and public sector institutions.
Anna Peerbolt is in charge of the office end of the business. She is the office manager and bookkeeper, overseeing the budgets and payroll. She assists in writing grants and works with various granting agencies in administring the grants. She is PCM's webmaster and works closely with PCM's contract technology experts. She has no background in horticulture, however she has picked up a good deal of insect and disease details. Her real background is in journalism, with sideroads into marketing, advertising and graphics.
Jason Myer, who started with us as a scout during the 2011 season, became our Field-Scout Associate/GIS Manager in 2012 and in 2013 Scout Supervisor and Field Research Associate. He grew up in a farming community in Michigan and has a BS in Environmental Sciences from Michigan State University (ecology, biology, entomology, chemistry and natural resource management). After graduation, he spent two years in West Africa as an Agroforestry Specialist for the Peace Corps. At PCM he supervises the scouts, creates maps, interacts with growers, and attends meetings.
Jo Peterson began working for PCM in March 2016. She helps organize the on-farm trial projects and assists with communication and office work at PCM. Jo earned a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing from Linfield College in 2012. Her background is in writing and communication, but she grew up working on grass seed farms in Oregon, and much of her academic writing has focused on agricultural issues.
Julie Pond, who has worked for PCM since March 2008 as our Scout Supervisor and Research Associate, is now a full-time mom at home with daughters Fiona and Lydia. She works from home, using our Ag Reports website to create email reports for growers based on data collected by our scouts. She will also occasionally attend Commission and/or grower meetings, plus help us with special projects. She has a 2006 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Biotechnology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Amy Horn is in her first year of seasonal scouting for PCM. She graduated from the University of Hawaii, where she earned a BS in Agroecology. While in Hawaii, Amy worked on a 12-acre dragonfruit and mango farm in Kealakekua Bay. She also has experience with permaculture design, which she used when developing a community garden at her university.
Bryson Mosley is a first-year scout at PCM. He studied at Swansea University in the United Kingdom, where he received a master’s degree in aquatic ecology and conservation and a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. At Swansea University, he investigated the presence of animal personality in the shore crab, carcinas maenas. Bryson also worked at an entomology lab at Ohio State University, identifying and reporting the range expansion of indigenous and invasive insect species throughout Ohio.
Deb LeValley has extensive experience as a lab technician and lab manager in several California and Washington laboratories. This is her first year scouting for PCM. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University, where she worked at the school’s agricultural research center. Debra has also been an 8th grade science teacher.
Micah Shepard is in his fourth year scouting fields for PCM in the Salem area. A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture, he studied plant physiology, IPM, weed management, plant pathology, soils, and a number of production electives. He has also worked in greenhouse pest management.
Justin Ridderbos is a first-year scout at PCM. He earned a bachelor’s degree in French, English, and philosophy from Western Michigan University. Justin grew up participating in his local 4-H club, which has given him years of farm-related and agricultural experience.