Organic Agriculture

Beginning with early organic research in the 1970s, WSU had been an active participant in the pursuit of information, tools, and organic solutions to agricultural production and sustainability challenges. CSANR bolstered this legacy by establishing an Organic Crop Research Grant Program with funding from USDA between the years of 2002 – 2011, analyzing the trends of Washington state organic statistics, and connecting the public to organic agriculture resources, information and experts. CSANR continues it’s investment in organic agriculture research through the BIOAg Grant Program – which has expanded the eligible research activities to include livestock as well as biologically intensive strategies that are effective for both organic and conventionally managed farms and ranches. Many faculty at WSU are involved in organic research and extension efforts, and an undergraduate major in organic farming is offered.

More information on past organic research grants can be found in the CSANR Grants Database.

Ongoing WSU Organic Agriculture efforts and opportunities:

Examples of WSU organic agriculture projects, publications, educational offering

Other Organic Agriculture Resources


Certified organic fruit are produced, packed, and stored using approved practices that promote sustainable balance in the ecosystem by protecting resources and the environment, while producing healthy trees and quality fruit. Organic tree fruit production and sales continue to grow locally and nationally with Washington state being the lead producer of organic apples, pears, and cherries.

For resources to help understand the certification process, visit the following webpages:

Contact Information:

David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Email Address:

Office Location:
WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N. Western Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801
Office Phone: 509-663-8181 x222
Office Hours: by appointment

Sponsored by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA