organic agriculture

Reduced till goes organic: Q&A with soil scientist Doug Collins

As a Small Farms Extension Specialist for Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Doug Collins finds new ways to bring the benefits of reduced tillage to the state’s growing organic agriculture industry.

Doug Collins, WSU Small Farms Educator and soil scientist, researches ways for organic farmers to access the benefits of reduced tilling.

WSU Organic Agriculture Education to Benefit from Gift of Marrowstone Island Farm

NORDLAND, Wash.—Lisa Painter wore a red baseball cap with an iconic image—Rosie the Riveter flexing her arm and the words “We Can Do It!”—last week when she donated her longtime farm and property to Washington State University. The hat and words reinforce a lifetime of can-do moxie that helped make the 87-year-old Painter a fixture […]

New Washington State University Program Tackles Challenge of Developing Science-based Tools to Measure Sustainability in Ag and Food Systems

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new Washington State University program has been charged with developing science-based tools to measure the sustainability of food production systems. The program, called “Measure to Manage: Food and Farm Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health,” or M2M, just received a three-year, $240,000 grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation.

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 […]

Riding the Nitrogen Cycle

Got nitrogen? If plants asked questions, that might be one farmers would hear frequently. For plants, nitrogen is food. By talking to the region’s small farmers about the challenges they face, Washington State University researchers learned that understanding soil fertility–the availability of food for plants-–is a top priority. Based on that need, soil scientist Doug […]