Meet The Board! Hank Markgraf

Published on: May 22

Meet IFTA board member Hank Markgraf, whose energy and enthusiasm for fruit tree growing and for IFTA are infectious and inspirational!

Where were you born/raised?

Kelowna, British Columbia.  Long, long, long time ago.  Didn’t start on the farm though, moved to the farm when I was 4.  So for me, that is all I know!

Where did you receive your education/training?

This is a hard one.  I grew up on the farm, so there is so much learning and training that happens everyday.  Learned how to drive a tractor by 6, picked sweet cherries starting at age 8, thinned apples with my mom when I was 10, ran the sour cherry picking crew when I was 13 (back before sour cherries were shaken off the trees).  Drove the bin truck when I was 16! Oh and then I went to university.  Went to a foreign country, USA, and attended Washington State University (go Cougs!).  Met my lovely wife there! 

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