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Hoophouses give WSU organic farm an early launch

By Scott Weybright, CAHNRS Communicationspicking spinach

PULLMAN, Wash. — When you’re a teaching farm at a university, the winter and early spring months require creativity and innovation.

“There just isn’t much for students to do in the fields in the spring semester,” said Brad Jaeckel, manager of the Washington State University’s Eggert Family Organic Farm. “So using season extenders, like our hoophouses, is really valuable for them to get some hands-on experience.” » More …

Weighing benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Bluebird-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study. » More …

Nov. 13-15: WSU shares expertise at organic farm conference

ReganoldSPOKANE, Wash. – The latest research and practical information about organic and sustainable farming will be presented at the annual Tilth Producers of Washington conference Nov. 13-15 at the Spokane Convention Center. » More …

Feb. 11: Blueberry workshop examines organic alternatives

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

blueberries-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Alternatives to pesticide use will be discussed by Washington State University researchers at a blueberry growers workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the WSU research center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. » More …

WSU Organic Farm Field Day at Tukey Orchard

PULLMAN, Wash. – The latest organic agriculture research and hands-on teaching methods will be the focus of this year’s Washington State University Organic Farm Field Day, Thursday, July 25.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the WSU Organic Farm at Tukey Horticultural Orchard northeast of the Pullman campus at the corner of Airport and Terre View roads. The field day is free and open to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Presentations by students working at the farm as well as the farm manager will begin at 8:30 with a tour of the farm following. Kevin … » More …