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Apr 26, 2012

WSU Organic Farm to Increase Outreach & Provide a Model for Reducing Agricultural Carbon Footprint

On 26 April 2012 as a follow up to the announcement that Washington State University (WSU) had received a US$5 million alumni donation to support organic farming, the dean of the university's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences provided details to the media on some the ways these funds were going to be used.  According to Dean Dan Bernardo, this includes the following plans for expanding programs at the university's new organic farm:
  • new technology to reduce its energy footprint 
  • new programs to increase diversity such as tree fruit, livestock, pasture, dryland grains and a wetland area
  • solar panels, windmills and water collectors to demonstrate how elements can work together in sustainable agriculture.  This includes: sensor technology to monitor water use and nutrient efficiency, an anaerobic digester and wind turbines for energy production and an aquaponic greenhouse that uses passive solar energy in a year-round closed-loop system to grow fish and food together.
  • increasing student residency from two to four.
  • building a community center for classroom and conference space, a teaching commercial kitchen, an organic agriculture library and a pickup site for the farm's community-supported agriculture program. 
  • sponsoring a children's garden that will welcome field trips from local K-12 schools.
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