Garth Cahoon


How can you possibly sum up the career and contributions to our industry of one Dr. Garth Cahoon in just a few short paragraphs?

A native of Delta, Utah, Garth Cahoon earned a degree in technical soils from the Utah State University in 1950 and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1954.

He worked as a horticulturist at the University of California, Riverside, from 1953 to 1963 before coming to OARDC as an associate professor in Horticulture in 1963. By 1967 he was made full professor and in 1983 assumed the role of assistant Chair of the Department of Horticulture at OARDC. Professional assignments in India, Somalia and the Caribbean broadened his knowledge of small fruit horticulture.

Of course, we all know Garth as a tireless crusader for more grapes in Ohio, better grapes in Ohio. A true champion for the Ohio wine industry.

It is with great honor that we welcome Dr. Garth A Cahoon to the first class of the Ohio Wine Hall of Fame.

In the next year, you will learn about the mechanics of the program, but more importantly, about how to nominate someone for this distinction. With your help, The Ohio Wine Hall of Fame will become a lasting legacy and salute to the leaders of our industry.

Ashlee Hayes