Alison Detjens passed away on February 25 after battling ovarian cancer for the past 19 months. Alison came to WSU as a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Agriculture program where she was advised by Jessica Goldberger. Alison was active in the CSS Grad Student Club and the WA Tilth Association while at WSU. She became involved at the WSU Organic Farm before it moved to it’s current location, having a background in small-scale organic vegetable production working at Gibbs Family Organic Farm in Leavenworth, WA. After graduating she worked as Assistant Manager at the Eggert Family Organic Farm through 2018 when she took a position at University of Idaho in the Department of Soil and Water Systems teaching courses in food systems as well as being the faculty mentor for the UI Soil Stewards Organic Farm.
Alison was a wonderful addition to the CSS family and worked with many faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates during her time here. She was a champion for sustainable and organic agriculture in the PNW, was passionate about community engagement, and shared her love of farming and food systems with everyone she worked with.