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Master Gardeners from around state to gather at WSU
September 21, 2009

PULLMAN  – More than 200 Master Gardeners from throughout the state will gather on the Pullman campus of WSU later this week for three days of workshops on topics ranging from sustainable food systems and drought resistant lawns to the psychological benefits of plants and building strong communities through gardening.

“This is an opportunity for our Master Gardeners, all of whom volunteer in their own communities, to receive some advanced training as well as network with each other,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, statewide program leader for Master Gardeners, which is a program of WSU Extension.

The WSU Extension Master Gardener of the Year also will be … » More …

WSU scientists win $1 million grant
September 21, 2009

PULLMAN – Replacing costly chemicals with new crop rotations and no-till technology to raise dryland crops such as wheat and barley organically will be the focus of WSU scientists thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Integrated Organic Program.

 

“This adds an important new dimension to our organic agriculture program,” said Dan Bernardo, dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. “While we received a lot of publicity last year for being the first in the country to offer a four-year degree in organic ag., we have been conducting research of organic systems for years. This … » More …

WSU’s Under the Big Tent program to debate eating locally
September 15, 2009

PULLMAN – “Under the Big Tent: The Locavore’s Dilemma,” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon on the Glenn Terrell Mall in front of the CUB. The Locavore’s Dilemma will debate eating locally, and whether or not it matters.

Under the Big Tent is an open debate program on the WSU campus. There are three to four debates per semester. The aim of the series is to involve the campus community in public discourse around complex issues, to model civilized debate protocol and to consider issues in various contexts.

The public debate is presented by the CUB, WSU Libraries and the Common … » More …

National Organic Center supports WSU research
August 24, 2009

PULLMAN – The Organic Center, a national non-profit organization supporting research and education on the consumer and environmental health benefits of organic food and farming, donated $30,000 to support organic agriculture research and programming at WSU.

 

This latest donation brings the total in gifts and grants to WSU from the Organic Center to more than $150,000.

 

“The generous support of organizations like the Organic Center makes a significant contribution to our ongoing efforts to better understand the science and outcomes of organic agriculture and to educate the organic farmers of the future,” Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and … » More …

Farm walk to feature orchard production
April 2, 2008

PUYALLUP – Walk through an early spring organic orchard and learn effective marketing techniques for a variety of fruit. Dennis and Nancy Nicholson will share their expertise in direct marketing and running an on-site seasonal fruit stand which features their pears, apples, cherries, peaches, raspberries, grapes and preserves along with neighboring farms’ fruit.

The Nicholsons are third-generation orchardists committed to providing nutritious, fresh food. Of their fifty acres, ten are certified organic, ten are in transition, and the remaining are conventional. “It’s more of challenge to grow organic because the orchards need to be sprayed more frequently and it takes more overall work,” said Nicholson, … » More …

WSU offers sustainable agriculture certificate
December 13, 2007

PULLMAN – The WSU Graduate School is offering graduate students in any discipline the opportunity to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. Students are eligible to pursue the certificate as long as they meet the prerequisites for the courses required.

The certificate coursework will provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of practices and current issues in sustainable agriculture, according to Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, coordinator of the WSU Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming program.

“Sustainable agriculture is inherently interdisciplinary and the courses required will provide knowledge of the science that makes it work,” said Carpenter-Boggs.

Carpenter-Boggs said the certificate program, which was approved by … » More …

News topics — Boring science; Seattle focus; RateMyProf
June 11, 2007

Following are links to several recent media articles regarding WSU faculty and staff, or addressing issues in higher education. To see a full article, just click on the live URL link.* Columbia Tribune — UM executive might go Floyd’s way: Washington State University recruits honcho in research, http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Jun/20070609News002.asp* The Daily Evergreen — WSU Foundation head to relocate to Seattle WSU Foundation president will spend most of their time in Seattle for traveling purposes to meet with more donors, http://www.dailyevergreen.com/story/22711* Chronicle of Higher Education — (audio interview) A guide to college podcasts, Daniel Coleman, Stanford University, discusses positive and negative points regarding using podcasts … » More …

WSU extends organic agriculture major
April 24, 2007

Washington State University, home of the nation’s first major in Organic Agriculture Systems, is expanding its offerings this summer with its first online class in organic agriculture. The new course, “Organic Gardening and Farming,” was developed and designed by WSU Regents Professor John Reganold and doctoral student Jennifer Reeve, who will be the course instructor. The course begins May 7.“We’ve had many inquiries from place-bound students in Washington and elsewhere as to the availability of the new Organic Agriculture Systems major via distance education,” said Cathy Perillo, coordinator of the Agriculture and Food Systems program which offers the major in Organic Agriculture Systems.“There are many … » More …

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 …

Signing on for health
March 30, 2007

Consumers vote with their dollars at every purchase. Pullman-Moscow consumers have shown their support for local produce growers by the increasing popularity of CSAs (community supported agriculture). Consumers partner with growers by providing money at the beginning of the season (when growers need it to get started) and then receiving produce in return all season long.The WSU organic farm currently has 100 CSA members and a waiting list. Member boxes are delivered at the Moscow Food Co-op growers’ market on Tuesdays. Half-shares cost $325 and full shares $525. Farm manager Brad Jaeckel will accept more customers for the waiting list; contact him by e-mail at … » More …