Profile #8: John H. Byers

John H Byers, Byers OrchardsJohn H. Byers of Byers Orchards has been farming cherries with his family for more than 40 years in The Dalles. His parents started Byers Orchards in the Mill Creek Valley with 20 acres in 1970, and today John and his wife Sandy run the now 205-acre orchard. They produce 17 varieties of cherries including Chelan, Bing and Skeena. For John, cherry harvest continues to be a family affair, some years recruiting the help of more than 17 family members to work the orchards, which he says teaches invaluable life skills.

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