**Field Representatives only service commercial growers who purchase more than 100 trees or 200 vines.**
Steve Scheuber specializes in Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Cherries, Grapevines, Citrus, and Stone Fruit. His tree territory for the nursery includes Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley from San Joaquin County to Kern County. His vine territory for the nursery covers the Central Coast from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Los Angeles. Steve has been with the Duarte Trees and Vines sales team since 1996.
Steve was raised in a farming family in Ceres, California. Steve graduated in 1989 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he majored in Agricultural Management with a concentration in Marketing.
Steve is a former President of Growers Harvesting Association, and is currently a Liaison Committee Member and Advisory Council Member for Blue Diamond Growers. His passion is making potted trees and vines grow. Steve also farms almonds here in the Hughson area.
Phone: (209) 531-5065
John Arellano specializes in Grapevines, Walnuts, Pistachios, Cherries, Citrus and Stone Fruit. His territory includes Grapevines in the San Joaquin valley and the south valley including Fresno, Tulare, Kern and Madera counties, as well as Walnuts, Pistachios, Cherries, Citrus & Stone Fruit north of Highway 198.
John is a third generation wine grape grower. He represents the nursery to its clients throughout Northern California and Napa County on cultural practices and provides recommendations on commodities ranging from grapes, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and stone fruits. John is a licensed PCA/QAL and a member of the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association. He was appointed in 2003 by the Bush Administration to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Committee to Advise Reassess and Transition (CARAT), working with both US EPA and the US Department of Agriculture on policy affecting pesticide use.
John currently serves as Vice-President for the Fresno State Viticulture Alumni. John is also a professional member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and is a graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program (Class 35).
John graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.S. in Plant Science in 1996. He was the Outstanding Viticulture Student in 1995.
Phone: (559) 804-6949
Stefan grew up in the German wine growing region of Palatinate. He studied Viticulture and Enology in Weinsberg/Germany. He has over 30 years of experience in the California wine industry, and of this, 16 years as a Duarte Nursery Sales and Field Representative. Call Stefan for any questions or sales regarding quality grape growing. Stefan’s territory includes the North Coast, Napa, and Sonoma areas.
Phone: (415) 309-3930
Joel Myers specializes in Grapevines. He is the nursery’s exclusive grapevine field representative for Oregon and Washington.
Joel has been a vineyard manager in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since 1980. He received a BS in Geography/Environmental Science from University of Oregon.
His Management Company is called Vinetenders LLC, and currently farms about 260 acres of vineyards in Oregon. His company farm for: Domaine Serene Winery, Soter Winery, Penner-Ash Winery, Guadalupe Vineyard, and Two Barns Vineyard. Joel has worked as the Oregon Field Representative for Duarte Nursery since 1998. He is a member of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Horticultural Society, Professional Member American Society of Enology and Viticulture, and Advisory board member for Chemekata Community College Viticulture Department Salem, Oregon.
Phone: (503) 435-8932
Edward Needham specializes in Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, Grapes, Kiwis, and Avocados. He services all of Central California including the Avocado growing areas in California.
Edward has over 30 years experience farming Citrus, Plums, Grapes, Pomegranates, Persimmons and Olives. He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.S. in Plant Science and Agricultural Mechanics in 1984.
Edward is a licensed PCA, QAL, and CCA. He is long time member of CAPCA. He is a past board member of Kern County Farm Bureau, past president of Tulare County Farm Bureau and currently serves on the state board for the California Farm Bureau Federation.
In addition to his work with Duarte Nursery as a field representative, he owns Needham Ag Services which provides products and services for farming operations.
Edward enjoys the challenges of farming and is available to help you address your specific development and cultural needs.
Phone: (559) 977-7282
Steve Neill specializes in almonds, walnuts, and prunes throughout the Sacramento Valley.
Steve graduated California State University, Chico with a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis on Integrated Plant Systems. He has been involved in the nursery industry since 2009, providing nursery stock to growers throughout the Sacramento Valley.
He takes pride in providing a great customer experience and looks forward to assisting growers with their orchard development needs.
When he is not busy assisting his growers, he enjoys farming almonds in the Willows area.
Phone: (530) 570-6830
Hilary Graves is a fourth generation farmer who grows wine grapes and raises all-natural grass-fed beef and heritage breed hogs on the beautiful Central Coast of California.She is passionate about California water policy and preserving our Nation’s agricultural heritage.
In addition to her work with Duarte Nursery as Central Coast Field Representative, she owns an agricultural consulting business, Mighty Nimble LLC.
Hilary graduated from California State University, Fresno and Texas Woman’s University. She also attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she studied viticulture. Hilary is a member of California Women for Agriculture and is currently running for a Director position on the proposed Paso Robles Basin Water District.
Hilary and her husband live and farm in Creston with their two daughters.
After more than 20 years heading the Quality Assurance team at Duarte Nursery, Tia will now serve as a Field Rep in the wine grape growing regions of California’s North Coast up to Southern Oregon.
Tia received her BS in Fruit Science from Cal Poly, SLO in 1996, and joined Duarte upon graduating. In addition to serving as the Sales Manager for a time, Tia’s work leading the Quality Assurance Program involved developing testing protocols, procuring clean plant materials for grafting, and working with the grafting and ranch crews. She also made many customer field visits and helped with clonal selections, which are some of the strengths Tia brings with her to the sales team.
Tia has served as president of California Citrus Nursery Society. Board member of Improvement Advisory Board of nursery stock. Participated in updating the Certification and Regulations of all California Grapevine, Fruit and Nut and Citrus programs with the CDFA.