About the Hosts

Luke and Phoebe are Orchard Systems Advisors in University of California, Cooperative Extension.



Phoebe Gordon is the Orchards Systems Advisor for Madera and Merced Counties. She covers almonds, pistachios, figs, prunes, and olives, as well as other tree crops (but not citrus!) She has been working for cooperative extension since January 2017. Her areas of focus are in horticulture, soils, and plant nutrition. Phoebe got her doctorate in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor’s in Science from University of California, Davis, where she studied Plant Biology.

Phoebe has done work examining almond and fig varieties, pistachio pruning, and insect pests in figs.

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Luke Milliron is the Orchard System Advisor for Butte, Tehama, and Glenn Counties. His primary crop responsibilities include walnuts, prunes, almonds and peaches. Research interests include almond, walnut and prune horticulture, pathology and irrigation management. He earned his masters from in Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis, and his bachelors in Agricultural Science from California State University, Chico. Luke enjoys agriculture photography and the obscure sport of curling.