About Growing Produce

Growing Produce serves as a top information source for specialty crop growers seeking information about production techniques, crop protection, farm management, new varieties, and more. Our readers are commercial fruit, vegetable, and citrus growers, as well as other allied professionals in specialty agriculture industry.

GrowingProduce.com is the digital location to find out the latest news and trends in the fruit, vegetable, and citrus sectors. The site features relevant content from integrated, cross-market resources American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, and Florida Grower magazines. Featured videos, useful analysis, and opinion help round out this industry resource.

Growing Produce is part of Meister Media Worldwide’s Horticulture Group. Meister Media’s corporate headquarters are located in Willoughby, OH. The Ornamental, CropLife Media, and International Groups also are located there. Other offices include:

  • Memphis, TN – Cotton Grower headquarters
  • Modesto, CA – Western Fruit Grower headquarters
  • Orlando, FL – Florida Grower headquarters

 


 

Our Team

Editorial Team

Richard Jones

Richard Jones – Corporate Content Director

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Richard Jones is Corporate Content Director for Meister Media Worldwide. He originally joined MMW as staff writer in 1998 and has spent his entire editorial career focused on the specialty crops markets. Richard is an active member of the Biological Products Industry Alliance and is responsible for the development and programming for many of MMW’s events. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.

David Eddy – Editor

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David Eddy is Editor of American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazines, and also serves as Senior Editor of American Vegetable Grower® magazine. Dave is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is based in Modesto, CA, where he directs MMW’s California office. He joined Meister Media in 1998 as Western Editor and has written about and photographed growers of a wide variety of crops, with emphasis on fruits and vegetables, for the past 20 years. These days, Dave has an ardent interest in the burgeoning application of precision agriculture in specialty crops.

Carol Miller – Editor

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Editor Carol Miller heads up content for American Vegetable Grower®, a brand that reflects objectivity and leadership, and offers national coverage for all commercial vegetable growers — large and small. She has reported on the horticultural industry since 1998 and joined MMW in 2011 as the lead editor of Today’s Garden Center®. She then served as group editor for the floriculture magazines before taking up the reins of American Vegetable Grower. Carol studied magazine journalism and literature at the University of Texas in Austin.

Frank Giles – Editor

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Frank Giles is Editor of Florida Grower® and Cotton Grower® magazines. He also plays a role in helping to plan MMW’s various event offerings. He grew up with an agricultural background, and his entire career has been dedicated to agricultural pursuits, dating back to picking cantaloupes as a kid and scouting cotton in college.

Paul Rusnak – Senior Online Editor

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Paul Rusnak is Senior Managing Online Editor for the U.S. Horticulture Group, which includes the Florida Grower®, American Vegetable Grower®, American Fruit Grower®, and Greenhouse Grower® brand titles. Paul originally joined MMW in 2007 as the Managing Editor of Ornamental Outlook® magazine before taking on Managing Editor duties for Florida Grower, GrowingProduce.com, and American Vegetable Grower®. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University.

Rosemary Gordon – Editor, Grower Programs and Events

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Rosemary Gordon is Editor, Grower Programs and Events, at MMW, working with the American Vegetable Grower®American Fruit Grower®Western Fruit Grower®, and Greenhouse Grower® brands. Rosemary works with some of the largest and most influential vegetable, fruit, and ornamental growers and is responsible for recruiting growers for Connect events. She joined MMW in 2001 as an editor for American Vegetable Grower magazine and has a journalism degree from Kent State University.

Dianne Munson – Managing Editor

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Dianne Munson is Managing Editor in the U.S. Horticulture Group. She manages print production for American Fruit Grower®, Western Fruit Grower®, American Vegetable Grower®, Florida Grower®, and Greenhouse Grower® magazines. Before joining MMW in 2016, Dianne held various marketing communications positions in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, including editorial responsibilities at a global chemical corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Ursuline College.

Matthew GrassiMatthew J. Grassi – Technology Editor

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Matthew Grassi is Technology Editor for American Fruit Grower®, Western Fruit Grower®, American Vegetable Grower®, Greenhouse Grower®, CropLife®CropLife IRON®, and PrecisionAg® Professional magazines. Matthew originally joined Meister Media Worldwide in 2012 as assistant editor for CropLife magazine. He has a degree in journalism and promotional communications from Cleveland State University.

Tom SkernivitzThomas Skernivitz – Senior Editor

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Thomas Skernivitz quarterbacks the print production process for American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazines. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional journalist and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

 

Sales Team

Karen Gerome

Karen Gerome – Group Business Director, U.S. Horticulture

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Karen Gerome joined the U.S. Horticulture Group of Meister Media Worldwide in July 2018 serving as Publisher of Greenhouse Grower®.  As publisher, she focuses on brand management, growth, and development as well as client and business relations. With over 12 years of media experience, Karen brings an expertise in the Agriculture, Turf and Ornamental markets.   Karen is a graduate of Marietta College and an association member of Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (R.I.S.E).

Carmen Lake – Southern Crops Account Manager

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Carmen Lake is the Southern Crops Account Manager for Florida Grower® and Cotton Grower®.  She enjoys creating marketing campaigns for her clients.  She uses her 20 years of B2B sales experience to create integrated campaigns to meet her client’s marketing objectives.

Diane Hart – Account Support Manager/Key Accounts

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Diane Hart, Meister Media’s Account Support Manager/Key Accounts, provides clients with account management, solutions, and strategic planning expertise looking for media solutions in American Fruit Grower®, Western Fruit Grower®, American Vegetable Grower®, Florida Grower® brands, and more. Diane has 27 years of publishing experience, 13 of those with Meister Media Worldwide. Diane attended Cleveland State University and Lakeland Community College, majoring in business and communications.

Cindi Olwell – Account Manager, U.S. Horticulture

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For over 16 years, Cindi Olwell has worked in all aspects of media publishing including account and sales team management, and as a key member of corporate sales and marketing teams. Versed in print, digital, email, social, and event media solutions, Cindi delights in finding her customers the perfect marketing mix to reach the audiences of American Fruit Grower®, Western Fruit Grower®, American Vegetable Grower®, Florida Grower®, and Greenhouse Grower® brands.

Gregg LangemeierGregg Langermeier – Sr. Account Manager, U.S. Horticulture

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Gregg Langermeier has served the ornamentals market as a Senior Account Manager for the past 9 years working with the Greenhouse Grower® brand. His focus is on key accounts throughout the U.S. providing customers with multi-platform marketing solutions. Gregg is a graduate of The Ohio State University.