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Tom Peerbolt cell phone: 503-970-0922
Jason Myer cell phone: 503-502-7478
Ag consultants for Pacific Northwest small fruits growers since 1992
Tom Peerbolt, Senior Consultant, created Peerbolt Crop Management (PCM) in 1992 and began working with small fruit growers in southwest Washington and Oregon the same year. Since that time, we have steadily expanded the number of acres under contract and expanded our research program. Our emphasis has been on increasing the profitability and sustainability of our clients through in-field scouting and a turn-around reporting system. Many of our client fields are included in our on-farm research. Tom writes the Small Fruit Update and actively particiates in promoting communication and cooperation between growers, processors, industry representatives, and public sector institutions (WSU, OSU, USDA). Our participation has grown steadily in the off-season schedule of workshops and conferences.Tom Peerbolt has over 30 years experience in horticulture, including a plant science degree from UC Davis in 1987, ownership of a retail nursery and experience in wholesale nursery management.
Anna Peerbolt is in charge of the office end of the business. She is the office manager, also the bookkeeper, overseeing the budgets and payroll. She assists in writing grants and works with various granting agencies. 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 became our Field Research Supervisor and GIS Manager. 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. In his new position, he will be supervisiong scouts, creating maps, interacting with growers, and attending meetings.
Lora Liegel is the Administrative and Office Assistant and began working for PCM in February 2013. This new position includes sending out the Small Fruit Updates and Grower Bulletins, helping write grants, and scouting field sites on an as need basis. Lora's agricultural experience is diverse, having worked on several CSA farms, for the USDA-ARS in Corvallis, and with farmers in SE Idaho. She has earned a BA in Geography from Oregon State University and an MA in Social Science, Environment & Community, from Humboldt State University.
Julie Pond, who has worked for PCM since March 2008 as our Scout Supervisor and Research Associate, will now be a full-time mom at home with daughter Fiona, who will be two in August. We are fortunate that she will be able to work for us 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.
Every year, PCM hires seasonal workers with a background in agriculture and/or science to scout clients' fields and also help with research projects. The PCM services are offered to growers from the Woodland area, north of Vancouver, Washington, to the Salem/Woodburn areas south of Portland, Oregon. We are also in the process of developing long-distance services that incorporate email and Internet interaction as well as scheduled on-farm visits. In addition, PCM is involved in on-farm research. If you are interested in further information, please contact us.
2013 Scouting Team
Hannah Curry who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Botany from Oregon State University in 2008, is covering PCM fields in the Willamette Valley. She is a returning scout, having worked for PCM in the Salem area during the 2009 and 2012 seasons. She worked at USDA-ARS in Corvallis for Drs. Denny Bruck and Jana Lee as a lab assistant in 2011, focusing primarily on Spotted Wing Drosophila. During that time, she married and had a baby boy, Ansel, who recently turned two.
Glen McHargue has wide-ranging experience in the environmental sciences. A 2006 graduate of Humbolt State University with a BS in Natural Resource Planning, Glen has pursued jobs that allow him to be outdoors, from trail mainenance and locating hazard trees, to managing tree trimming crews and monitoring nests of burrowing owls and counting elusive birds. This is his second season scouting for PCM covering fields in the Hillboro area.
Laurel Visher is a 2010 graduate of Sonoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Planning and and a minor in biology. During college she also studied entomology, genetics, and plant propagation. This is her second season scouting for PCM. She lives in Portland and will be scouting both south toward Salem and north into southern Washington.
Micah Shepard is a recent 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. His background in greenhouse pest management and various volunteer and paid jobs are an excellent base for scouting. This is his first year with PCM and he is scouting fields in the Salem area.