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" She was always fun
to be around, and
Daniel Corey Farms
Reds * Yellows * Whites
Russets * Chips * Specialty
Dark Red Norland
Norwis (Crystal Strain)
Red Thumb Fingerling
Russet Burbank (ID Strain)
" I thought, there isn't anything like
botanical illustration out there right
now, " Debons said. " I'd love to bring it
back and teach people. That was
my dream. "
Debons continues to live out that
dream, teaching classes from her
home studio as well as at Central
Oregon Community College a few
times a year in between RV trips
with her husband. Her step-by-step
instruction method is intended to be
approachable and repeatable.
Debons' work covers all varieties
of plants, from acorns to amaryllis.
She finds painting potatoes presents a
" I have to grow them out so that I can
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actually view them. I work from real life, "
she said. " So I find them challenging
in that they're hard to get ahold of
sometimes, especially the varieties you
want to use. But once you've done that,
it's just a matter of spending the time
with it and understanding it. "
Debons' goal is to provide a threedimensional
glimpse of a plant in all
stages of growth, " to portray it in a way
that someone would flip the page and
they think that's the actual plant there, "
she said. " Photographs are good, but
they're very two-dimensional. Also, you
can show a plant in a lot of different
stages, where you can't necessarily do
that with a photograph. "
Powelson, who continues to keep in
touch with Debons, finds her botanical
art " just beautiful " and another example
of how Debons finds ways to achieve her
goals while helping others reach theirs.
" She is a facilitator. There are people
that can facilitate things and then there
are those that are obstructionist. She's
more of a team player, " Powelson said.
Debons' art kept her connected to
her scholarly plant roots even when her
career took a different turn, and now,
it keeps her in touch with the potato
industry she never really left.
" It's such a lovely industry. It's small
enough that everyone knows everybody,
and people appreciate what you do. ...
When I came back, people would see
me, and they'd say, 'Jeanne Debons? Is
that you?' " Debons said. " I had 14 years
when I was doing other jobs, but when
I came back, it was like the potatoes
called me. "
Spudwoman of the Year is sponsored by:
working with her. She
liked other things in life.
She wanted to be an
artist and a dancer and
liked to travel. She
can do anything she
puts her mind to. "
- Fred Crowe, former
plant pathologist at
Oregon State University
Spudman May/June 2023
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spudman May/June 2023
Table of Contents
Connecting the dots
Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
Spudman May/June 2023 - 1
Spudman May/June 2023 - 2
Spudman May/June 2023 - 3
Spudman May/June 2023 - Editor's Letter
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Table of Contents
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Heartland farms
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Spudman May/June 2023 - 11
Spudman May/June 2023 - Growing uncertainty
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Spudman May/June 2023 - 14
Spudman May/June 2023 - 15
Spudman May/June 2023 - Connecting the dots
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
Spudman May/June 2023 - National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Spudman May/June 2023 - Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Spudman May/June 2023 - Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
Spudman May/June 2023 - Advertiser Index
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