Sustainability and Fruit Production
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The 2007 Annual Meeting of the Washington State Horticulture Association included a session on sustainability and the footprint of fruit production. Presentations were made by Warren Morgan, David Granatstein, Jim Baird, Harry Huntley, Nick Stephens, and Scott Exo. The session described the concepts of sustainability and footprints, ways to measure or evaluate them, a grower's response to fossil fuel by adopting bio-diesel, new orchard floor management techniques, pesticide reduction strategies, and a discussion of how the Food Alliance assesses farm sustainability and links it to potential markets. Powerpoint presentations from the session are available below. Written versions of the talks will be available in the Proceedings in 2008.
Footprints: Carbon, Pesticides, and People. Warren Morgan, Double Diamond Fruit Co., Quincy, WA.
Biodiesel and Tree Crops. Jim Baird, Baird Orchards, Royal City, WA.
Composting, Mulches, and Mowers. Harry Huntley, Warren Morgan Orchards, Qunicy, WA.
Cultivation or Chemicals: Which is "Greener'? Warren Morgan, Double Diamond Fruit Co., Quincy, WA.
Lose 10 pounds of pesticides in 10 minutes. Nick Stephens, Columbia IPM, E. Wenatchee, WA.
Prove It: using stewardship to market advantage. Scott Exo, Food Alliance, Portland, OR.
The International Horticulture Congress held in Seoul, South Korea, in August 2006 featured a symposium on sustainable horticulture. David Granatstein, WSU CSANR, gave a keynote presentation on "Sustainability in Fruit Production" that can be viewed here. [manuscript] [Powerpoint]