Profile #2: Dave Cooper

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08 28 13 Dave Cooper 150 Oregon Cherry GrowersBio: Dave Cooper is a fourth generational farmer — his grandfather and father both were part of early cooperatives that formed Oregon Cherry Growers — with 300 acres of sweet cherries and 25 acres of pears in the Columbia Basin. One of Dave’s first jobs in the orchard at age 12, was to record the weight of cherry boxes for his father. Those weight records were used to determine every pickers earnings for the season. Now his daughter Stacey manages the day-to-day operation of the farm, and Dave acts as an advisor. As the current Oregon Cherry Growers board chairman, he supports the co-op’s efforts to invest in new ways to steward the land, test new techniques with cherry varieties, expand markets and support growers.

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