Organic farm field day slated for July 27

PULLMAN — Student presentations and a tour of the Washington State University organic farm will be featured at the Organic Farm Project Field Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, July 27.

Tukey Horticultural Orchard is located on Airport Road on the east side of the Pullman campus. The event is free and open to the public.

WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences established the Organic Farm Project in 2004 primarily as an organic teaching farm. Each year, the farm plays host to an intensive 12- week course for college credit or continuing education credit.

The class revolves around the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture marketing program, which provides community members with certified organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Approximately 30 different vegetable crops are grown at the farm over a six-month harvest season. Farm labor is provided by WSU and University of Idaho students, and community volunteers who trade their time for produce.

The farm will get even more use when WSU offers the first major in organic agriculture in the country beginning fall semester. In addition to the 12-week summer field course, an organic farm/greenhouse apprenticeship course is available in the fall and spring semesters for student credit.

The farm was certified in fall 2004 and is committed to using sustainable growing methods.

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