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WSU Organic Field Day Slated for July 26

PULLMAN, Wash. – The latest organic agriculture research will be the focus of this year’s Washington State University Organic Farm Field Day, Thursday, July 26. 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 starts at 8:30 a.m.

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 at 10 a.m. Kevin Murphy, assistant research professor, and graduate and undergraduate students from the WSU Department of Crop and Soils will review the progress of their research field trials on quinoa, buckwheat, millet and hops.

At 12 p.m., Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, associate professor of organic and sustainable agriculture will lead an optional tour of WSU’s new organic farm. WSU recently received a $5 million donation by alumni and natural foods pioneers Chuck and Louanna Eggert and their family to expand the WSU Organic Farm from four acres to nearly 30 acres at a nearby location.

WSU’s Organic Farm offers students the opportunity to earn university credit during the spring, summer and fall while working on an operational Community-Supported Agriculture – or CSA – farm. The farm produces more than 30 different vegetable crops as well as fruit, flowers and herbs during a 24-week harvest season.

The WSU Organic Farm website is at http://css.wsu.edu/organicfarm/.

A map to the farm is available at http://bit.ly/Me70kB.