The 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.
2019 Harvest Party: Saturday October 12th: 10am-4pm
The annual Harvest Party will be the second 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. Please leave pets at home. The Tukey Horticultural Orchard will be open for pre-picked 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.
“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 seasonal vegetables 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.”
Eggert Family Organic Farm Field Day and Garlic Braiding Workshop: Thursday August 2th.
Presenters will discuss organic herbicides, orchard planning, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and compost tea. A full farm walk will show off vegetable and fruit production areas and new infrastructure improvements.
Arrive: 7:30 am
Presentations: 8:00am- 9:30am
Farm Walk: 9:30- 10:30
Talk with presenters: 10:30-11:30
Garlic Braiding Workshop starts at 12:30pm
Workshop is limited to 10 participants. RSVP to email@example.com to reserve your spot. Cost is $25 per participant. Each participant will be able to go home with one completed garlic braid. Workshop will be led by Kate Jaeckel, owner and operator of Orchard Farm Soap. Kate has 15 years experience creating beautiful garlic braids and uses a variety of dried and fresh flowers to enhance each braid. Participants should bring a sack lunch if they plan to attend the morning Field Day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Join the club on Orgsync and Facebook at Organic Agriculture Club
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.
- 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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