[NAFEX] FW: Persian Ambassador of Fruit
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Sep 28 14:54:36 EDT 2009
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Subject: [NAFEX] Ambassador of Fruit
Ambassador of Fruit
An Iranian pomologist transforms an Idaho landscape and helps its
growers stay in business
BY ALEC WILKINSON
Published in the July/August 2009 issue of Orion magazine
SEPTEMBER 13, 2006, was Esmaeil Fallahi Day in Idaho. No one told
Fallahi in order to surprise him. He spent the day digging holes and
picking grapes and apples on his farm, and then he went to a party
that he thought was being held for his birthday and was read the
governor's proclamation acknowledging his "career-long dedication to
enhancing fruit crop production."
Fallahi is a visionary pomologist, a fruit scientist, a species of
practical rapturist whose reputation in tree fruits and stone fruits
is international. Since 1989, he has lived in Parma, Idaho, west of
Boise, where he is a professor in the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences at the University of Idaho and director of the university's
pomology program-his title is Tree Fruit and Small Fruit Physiologist.
With the help of his wife, Bahar, he grows novelty fruits on fifty-
nine acres of sloping land near a drive-in-at night he can see the
movie from the fields. Under his guidance, farmers in Idaho have begun
raising fruits that never grew in Idaho before. His ambition is that
the farms around him will one day resemble the orchard he remembers
from his grandfather's ranch in the mountains north of Tehran.
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