WSU Organic Farm

 

collage of WSU Organic Farm Photos

Sept 12 035The 30 acre Eggert Family Organic Farm is located on Animal Sciences Road directly east of the main Pullman campus. The Organic Farm operates through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The Organic Farm was first certified organic in 2004 and remains certified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Farm Manager: Brad Jaeckel @ jaeckel@wsu.edu  


 

 


 

2016 Harvest Party: Saturday October 1st: 10am-4pm

The annual Harvest Party will be the first Saturday in October.  The event is free and open to the public.  This year’s festivities will include kid’s games, face painting, pumpkin pie, and fresh-pressed cider.  U-Pick Pumpkins will be for sale and include jack-o-lanterns, baby pumpkins, and a great variety of specialty pumpkins and gourds.  The farm will have other vegetables available for sale. Cash or Check only. Please leave pets at home.  The Tukey Horticultural Orchard will be open for u-pick apples.  See their website for details.

Farm Sales Every Friday!

The Eggert Family Organic Farm at Washington State University will hold its first farm sale of the season 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 27. The farm is located on Animal Sciences Road, just off Terra View Road, and directly behind the WSU Bear Center near Grimes Way.

Rhubarb, lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, radishes and tomato plants will be for sale. Sales will continue at the farm during the same hours every Friday through late October.

In a change from the last six years, the farm will not be at the mid-week Pullman Farmer’s Market.

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Rhubarb at the organic farm at WSU.

“We’d like the community to come out and explore our farm,” said farm manager Brad Jaeckel. “We’re here to answer questions and let people know how their food is grown.”

As the season progresses, the farm will sell a variety of berries in addition to mainstays like tomatoes, garlic and other fruits and vegetables. Cut flowers will be available in the u-pick garden.

In coming years, once fruit trees mature, a variety of tree fruits will be available for sale.

“We’re getting more established,” Jaeckel said of the farm, now in its third season. “Everything is just a little further along and growing well.”

2016 CSA

CSA registration is now CLOSED for 2016.  Shares will begin the last week of May and all members will be contacted prior to their pickup date.  Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th are the first pickup dates.

If you would like to get on the mailing list for the 2017 season please email Brad your email address.  Membership will open to the public on March 1st.

You can also follow what’s happening at the farm through our newsletter.

 

Organic Agriculture Club

WSU Organic Agriculture Majors have formed an official RSO sanctioned club.  The Organic Agriculture club is open to anybody who is interested in organic and sustainable farming. This club was created to foster the organic farming community here in Pullman and to give everyone a comfortable place to talk, network, and farm together. If you have any questions or suggestions please email Zach Smith at wsuemail10@gmail.com  Join the club on Orgsync and Facebook at  Organic Agriculture Club 

https://www.facebook.com/wsuorganicagricultureclub

 

Farm Tours

The farm does offer tours to the public and school groups.  Our guided tours provide a detailed walk through the farm to view over 80 different varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruit, grains, and flowers. The farm specializes in small scale sustainable
cropping systems, high tunnel production, local marketing, weed control, and research. Typically, tours will take about 45 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. Each participant will receive a complimentary seed packet.

Organic Farm Tour
◦ $45 minimum fee for up to 15 people
◦ $3 for each additional person
Special Rate for school groups (K-12): $45 for up to 25 students; $1 for each additional student
*The farm also offers two free events each year that are open to the public – The Annual Farm Field Day on the last Thursday in July and the Fall Harvest Celebration on the first Saturday in October.

 

Workshop Presentations

  • Brad presented (3/14/15) at the Living on a Few Acres Conference in Redmond, OR. The workshop titled “Year-round Hoop house Production” shared the farm’s current favorites and corresponding planting dates.
  • Brad presented (10/19/13) at the 3rd Annual Inland Northwest Small Farms Conference in Spokane.  The workshop titled “Vegetable Recommendations for the Inland Northwest” shared the Organic Farm’s favorite and current variety lists.
  • Here’s the video of Brad’s Fall Planting webinar with WSU Global Connections.  This covers cool season crops to plant for fall harvest, crops for winter harvest in hoophouses, and overwintering crops for late winter/ spring harvest.  The video includes the presentation pictures, planting dates, and web links.
  • Farm Manager Brad Jaeckel and Melissa Barker from Evergreen State College presented a Beginning Farmers Series Workshop at the 2012 WA Tilth Conference.  The workshop titled “Essential Recordkeeping for Farm and Business” covered records from both teaching farms.

Big Ideas for Food

 

Bicycle Powered Salad Spinner

This was an entry in the 2007 Specialized “Innovate or Die” contest.  A great example of one of our many creative student projects!  We still use a washing machine to spin our salad greens but have gone back to electric power.  In the winter, we do use a large 5 gallon hand-spun washing drum for small batches.

 

Statistics on Organic Agriculture

The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources provides a portal of organic agriculture statistics. CSANR has been compiling statistics to characterize the organic agriculture sector in Washington State. Data are primarily drawn from the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) Organic Food Program and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, who certify over 95% of the operations in the state.

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