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About Us

Research Program Leader

Dr. Carol Miles has diverse international experiences both growing up and in her early career where she has lived in subsistence agriculture communities in places such as Panama, Afghanistan, Cameroun, Malawi and Tanzania. Carol received her B.S. (1983) in Bio-Agricultural Science from Colorado State University, and her M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) in Vegetable Crops from the Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science at Cornell University. Carol’s goal has been to work with farmers to create sustainable production systems which provide a source of well-being to both the family and the community.

Fermentation Specialist

Bri Ewing is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Food Science. As the Fermentation Specialist at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, Bri teaches the popular Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation course along with other cider and fermentation workshops. Bri received her B.S. (2013) in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California Berkeley. She then worked at wineries located in Sonoma County, Napa County, and New Zealand. Bri received her M.S. (2016) in Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech where her master’s research focused on how varying apple maturities and post-harvest storage conditions affected the quality and chemistry of hard cider. Bri hopes to expand her extension program to include more resources for cidermakers and fermentation professionals as a whole.

Program Technical Staff

Ed Scheenstra grew up in eastern washington, living on farms in both the yakima valley and the tri-cities area. After obtaining his B.S. in Environmental Science in 1999, he spent 4 years working with the Weed Science Dept. and USDA-ARS in Pullman, WA. Ed has lived in the Mount Vernon area since 2004 and is excited to be back with WSU as a part of the Vegetable Horticulture team.


Graduate Research Assistant

Aidan Kendall is from Holderness, New Hampshire and has been working on farms and orchards since 2009. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2017, where he discovered his enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture. He has decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Horticulture at WSU NWREC to perform resource conservation research in cider apple production, a field he has found himself happily immersed in.