New from Extension: Economics of organic Gala and Honeycrisp, growth of the Food Hub 

Close up-Gala apples
Are Gala apples feasible in your organic orchard? Washington growers can find out in a new free guide from WSU Extension.

The latest guides from WSU Extension help Washington growers learn about the feasibility of organic apples, and examine the farmer-serving work of one of the Puget Sound region’s established food hubs. 

New publications include:

2022 Cost Estimates of Establishing, Producing and Packing Organic Gala Apples in Washington (TB19E)

This free guide helps growers estimate the costs of growing these apples, and learn whether Gala production is economical for their orchards. Data in the study was collected from experienced organic Gala apple growers in Washington in 2022. Authored by R. Karina Gallardo, Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Economic Sciences, and Suzette Galinato, Extension Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit.

2022 Cost Estimates of Producing and Packing Organic Honeycrisp Apples in Washington (TB91E)

Similar to the above publication, this free guide lays out the inputs, costs, and yields typical of a well-managed orchard to help growers learn whether organic Honeycrisp apples are feasible for their operations. Gallardo and Galinato are authors. 

Food Hub Growth: A Case Study of the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative (TB90E)

Food hubs help connect small and mid-sized farm producers with regional markets and consumers. One of three case studies, this free publication delves into the history and current status of the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative, an established hub in northwestern Washington. Authors are Marilyn Sitaker, Food Systems Researcher and Program Coordinator, Thurston County Extension, and Stephen Bramwell, Assistant Professor and County Director, Thurston County Extension.

Find more guides at the WSU Extension Publications website.