Northwest berry Foundation

About The northwest berry foundation

The for-profit business, Peerbolt Incorporated, dba Peerbolt Crop Management (PCM), began business in 1994. It is owned and operated by Tom and Anna Peerbolt with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Within a few years it grew to four full time people and four to six part-time seasonal field technicians.

The corporate structure offered no way to ensure continuity of the educational and charitable services that occur thought the year should the owners sell the business or retire. However, these could be housed within a nonprofit corporate structure, under the ownership and oversight of an appropriate board of directors. At the same time PCM could continue to maintain ownership and management of grower and industry in-field scouting and consulting services that are appropriate for a for-profit structure.

On October 9, 2015, the Northwest Berry Foundation (NWBF) received its 503(c)(3) non-profit designation from the IRS.

Some relevant NWBF details

  • The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation, meaning that any sponsorships or donations, etc are fully tax deductible.
  • Its mission is to support a sustainable northwest berry industry.
  • The founding board of directors is Henry Bierlink (Washington Red Raspberry Exec), Joe DeFrancesco (Oregon State Pesticide Specialist), Tom Walters (Walters Ag Research), Rufus La Lone (The Weather Cafe)
  • In addition to the industry services listed in the menu above, the NWBF will also allow us to expand our berry recovery and donation project, and expand our workshops.
  • The NWBF could also in the future serve as a venue for regional coordination of berry research.

We would like the northwest berry growers and industry to be active partners in this new enterprise. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments of any kind please email or call (503) 285-0908.

 


Board of Directors

Henry Bierlink

Henry Bierlink
President

Henry Bierlink

Tom Walters
Vice President

Joe DeFrancesco

Joe DeFrancesco
Treasurer/Secretary


Rufus La Lone

Rufus La Lone
Board Member


Karina Sakalaukas

Karina Sakalauskas
Board Member


Staff Members

Tom Peerbolt

Tom Peerbolt
Executive Director

Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson
Assistant Director

Anna Peerbolt

Anna Peerbolt
Treasurer


Jason Myer

Jason Myer
Research Manager


Julie Pond

Julie Pond
Consultant


 

WebSite Sponsors

This site provides practical and objective information in support of the berry industry. It is maintained by the Northwest Berry Foundation and funded entirely through the donations of our generous sponsors.

Please click on their logos and find out more about them.

  • Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
  • Lassen Canyon Nursery
  • On Target Spray Systems
  • Oregon Blueberry Farms & Nursery
  • NW Export Development
  • OVS
  • Pacific Agricultural Labroratory
  • Pan American Berry Growers
  • Peerbolt Crop Management
  • Pratum Coop
  • Synergistic
  • Wilbur-Ellis
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    Northwest Berry Foundation

    Northwest Berry Foundation

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    Get in touch

    5261 North Princeton Street

    Portland, OR 97203

    Office: 503-285-0908

    FAX: 503-289-7488


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