Domex Superfresh Presents February Orchard Update, Sponsors Special Olympics Athlete
- by Jessica Donnel
YAKIMA, WA – Domex Superfresh Growers is wrapping up a fickle February and setting its sights on big developments in March. This week, the company released its February orchard update and announced its progress as a Special Olympics sponsor.
This week, Superfresh released its February orchard update—filling us in on orchard conditions during this protractedly-cold winter season.
“One of the measures we use to indicate where we are each year compared to normal is called growing degree units,” Chief Horticulturist Dave Gleason explained in the video. “In the Yakima Valley, we are at 22. Compared to normal, that means we are a month behind normal bloom, and six weeks behind where we were last year.”
Though the company noted the slow development of its crop this year, Dave and his team are optimistic about a short spring—ideal for fruit growing. For more, check out the video above.
Virginia Wade, the newest and youngest member of Team Superfresh Growers is gearing up for the opening of this year’s Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. According to a company press release, the Washington native has spent the last several months training and participating in lead-up competitions.
This weekend, Virginia will compete in the Washington State Special Olympic Winter Games, which last year, qualified her for participation with the U.S. team in Austria.
“Virginia has grown into being a great skier,” noted her ski coach and sister, Katie Wade. “It’s exciting for all of us to see Virginia go to Austria to compete in the World Special Olympics.”
Only a week after the games in Washington, Virginia will head to DC to join the U.S. Special Olympic team as they head to Austria to compete. The games open March 18th, and Virginia’s first day of competition will be the 19th.
Superfresh's sponsorship has covered the “behind the scenes” cost of Virginia’s participation in the games—from gear and goggles, to flights and accommodations for her whole family.