Apple AmbassadorRachel Moore Russell
Virginia’s Apple Ambassador for 2013 is Rachel Moore Russell, daughter of Kirk and Sherry
Russell of Clear Brook, Virginia, and the granddaughter of Henry and Gwen Russell.
Rachel is a Senior at James Wood High School, in Frederick County, and is a member of the
National Honor Society and Key Club. She is a Winchester Medical Center volunteer and was
Science Student of the Month at James Wood.
She has grown up in the apple industry. Her family has been growing apples in Frederick County
since the 1920’s, and her grandfather and uncles are owners of D. K. Russell & Sons, Inc. In the
summers, Rachel has assisted her mother, who is executive assistant to Phil Glaize of Fred L.
Glaize, L.C., and has gained experience in the day-to-day workings of orchard and packing house
As Secretary of the James Wood Future Farmers of America, she hopes to incorporate her
position as Virginia Apple Ambassador with her F. F. A. position to develop a project that will
promote the health benefits of apples to the public.
Rachel was presented to the members of the Virginia State Horticultural Society and Women’s
Auxiliary in Richmond in January at the annual Tree Fruit Convention. She will represent the
Society as Virginia’s Horticultural Princess in the 2013 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and
in other ways available to her throughout the year.
Meet Rachel Moore Russell
Welcome to website all about Virginia Apples
Interested in Virginia Apples? Check out the Industry tab and see where to buy or pick your own apples at an orchard near you. Are you an industry looking to purchase apples? Click on the Industry tab and find your contacts for packers and shippers of apples in Virginia.
Also check out the Orchards tab under the Industry section to find Virginia information about sweet cider and the growing hard cider industry.
Winchester Area Tree Fruit Meetings
Winchester Area early season tree fruit meetings. You may also find more information and seasonal updates at the new Virginia Cooperative Extension – Tree Fruit Website: http://www.anr.ext.vt.edu/tree-fruit/ To receive email notifications of updates and blog posts, simply go to the website and enter your email address on the right hand side at the “Subscribe” tool. Below the subscribe tool you will also find links to eXtension and eApples. All three of these websites were mentioned at the Winchester Fruit School in mid-February and are available for your use.