John Duerst grew up on a farm near Sublimity, Oregon where his family grew strawberries. After World War II, the price of strawberries was driven down after the crop became prolific in California, so the Duerst family began to harvest timber for the many wood-fired boilers which were so abundant at that time. As John grew up, the family began to raise pigs and milk cows. "We used to sell the cream and feed the skimmed milk to the pigs," John recalls. After high school, John worked at food processing plant in Salem, Oregon for 11 years, during which time he and his wife Shirley...
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