PULLMAN, Wash. – Since 1909, four generations of the Wilcox family have lived and worked at the main farm’s location at Roy, just outside Tacoma. Today, Wilcox Family Farms is one of the leading egg producers in the country and a leader in organic agriculture. That journey is the topic of a public conversation at Washington State University.
“Wilcox Wisdom: 100 Years of Know-How,” featuring Andy and Jim Wilcox, will begin at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, in the Atrium of the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
“The Wilcox family’s story is one of hard work, innovation and overcoming challenges,” said Kim Kidwell, associate dean for academic programs in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and moderator for the Nov. 20 event. “Their willingness to share the lessons learned in those years is an incredible benefit to students, both undergraduate and graduate, working toward a career in agriculture. That insight is invaluable for anyone interested in where their food comes from.”
Wilcox Family Farms has been recognized regionally and statewide for its agricultural success. The Pierce County Council passed a resolution congratulating the business on its operation, where approximately 770,000 organic eggs are gathered daily and packaged for supermarkets and restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Alaska and Canada. The farm also produces some 150,000 pounds of liquid eggs every week to bakeries and food service operations.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire joined with those congratulating the Wilcox family on their century of success in August. “Agriculture represents a significant piece of Washington’s economy, as well as an important part of our state’s history and heritage,” she wrote. “Wilcox Family Farms is a shining example of the quality products our state is known for.”