PCM Owners

Tom PeerboltTom 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 PeerboltAnna 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.

PCM Staff

Jason MyerJason 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. At PCM he supervises the scouts, creates maps, interacts with growers, and attends meetings.

Lora LiegelLora Liegel is the Projects Coordinator and began working for PCM in February 2013. This new position includes helping organize the on-farm trials projects, working with the Oregon Strawberry Commission on fresh market production, and scouting field sites. 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 PondJulie 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 daughters Fiona and Lydia Dawn. 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.

Current Scouts

Glen McHargue has wide-ranging experience in the environmental sciences. This is his third season scouting for PCM covering fields in the Hillboro area. He is a 2006 graduate of Humbolt State University with a BS in Natural Resource Planning. He is kept busy during the winter by his woodworking business.

Micah Shepard is in his second 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. His has also worked in greenhouse pest management.

Matthew HolmesMatthew Holmes is a recent graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Ecological Engineering. His background includes research on invertebrate biodiversity for green roofs, collecting date and reporting results. He has also had data collection and management experience as a forest lab and field assistant for USGS.

Carmen JarrellCarmen Jarrell studied environmental science at Humboldt State University. She has worked in nurseries with building a large and diverse knowledge base of plants, their pests and diseases, and their growing habits. She is a certified yoga teacher.


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