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Organic, sustainable farms focus of tour series
April 23, 2007

Rotational grazing, a goat dairy and a cheese facility were just three of the many features discussed at the first 2007 Farm Walk at Pine Stump Farm in Omak. Producers, farmers and community members toured the farm April 16 and learned the benefits and challenges of having a diversified, value-added livestock operation. Organized by Washington State University’s Small Farms Team and Tilth Producers of Washington, these walks provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, on an advanced level, on specific types of farming practices and issues. Participants are encouraged to engage in discussion about the farm’s production and marketing practices.  “We want people to learn about the best … » More …

Big change for small farms
October 13, 2006

Photo: Sergio and Lilia Marquez in their orchard with Malaquias Flores, right, coordinator of WSU’s Latino Small Farms Program. (Photo courtesy of Flores)In 1977, Sergio Marquez left Mexico. He was 15 when he arrived in central Washington to work in the apple orchards around Wapato. After more than 20 years of experience as a laborer and foreman, Marquez dreamed of owning an orchard. A few years ago, his boss suggested that Marquez buy his farm.“I thought he was just kidding,” Marquez recalled. “Then he gave me a very good deal for 106 acres of apples with all the equipment.” Malaquias Flores, coordinator of the Latino … » More …

Organic farm field day slated for July 27
July 10, 2006

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, … » More …

Drought conditions bring tough choices for growers
April 26, 2005

Drought conditions in Washington, especially irrigation rationing in the Yakima Valley, are leading to hard choices for area growers, according to two Washington State University Extension educators.”We’re already seeing some crop shifting,” said Bob Stevens, extension soil scientist and interim director of WSU’s Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. “Some orchards already are being removed. Those growers may have been considering that option for awhile, but the lack of water is leading them to do it now.”Gov. Christine Gregoire last month authorized a statewide drought emergency because of low snow pack statewide, and earlier this month theBureau of Reclamation imposed rationing at 34 percent … » More …

Ecology Department awards $100,000 for anaerobic digester
January 24, 2005

Going from “rot to watt,” or turning farm waste into electricity, is the goal of a Washington State University (WSU) project that has just received a $100,000 boost from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).  WSU will use the money to finish building a portable anaerobic digester that turns farm waste, manure and household garbage into methane gas that can be burned to generate electricity. The anaerobic digester is being developed by WSU’s biological-systems engineering department. It will be transported around the state to demonstrate how the new technology can generate power while helping to solve solid-waste disposal problems.”This is an example of how Ecology … » More …