Cultivating the Future: Growing the Northwest Quinoa Crop
The demand for organic food is growing, and the state of Washington is ideally suited to grow it.
In an ongoing research effort to bolster the region’s organic food production capacity, Dr. Murphy leads the organic plant variety breeding program at WSU. He and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are developing new food plant varieties as well as ecologically sensible production practices.
A particular focus of Dr. Murphy and his research team is quinoa: how to grow it in the Pacific Northwest while doing justice to the Andean growers who currently supply the world with this low-gluten, high-nutrition food. The USDA recently awarded him and his team a $1.6 million grant to find ways to grow quinoa more widely and sustainably in the Pacific Northwest. Washington State University is at the nexus of an exciting new industry centered on quinoa and other alternative crops that will add diversity and value to the region’s economy.
Dr. Murphy travels all over the world, delivering courses, trainings, and presentations on his work. In the summer of 2013, and in conjunction with the United Nations’ Year of Quinoa, Dr. Murphy spearheaded the International Quinoa Symposium at WSU, welcoming students, researchers, and farmers from around the world.
Dr. Murphy earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from WSU in 2007, and his M.S. in Crop Science from WSU in 2004. In order to understand their challenges and needs, he has partnered with farmers all over the Pacific Northwest for nearly two decades.
Join us for a lively discussion of all things quinoa: its use as a food, growing it locally and developing a new source of income for farmers of the Pacific Northwest, and social justice for the famers in quinoa’s native lands in the Andes.
Dr. Kevin Murphy, leader of Washington State University’s Organic Breeding Program, will guide us through the story of quinoa in the Pacific Northwest.1. What is in quinoa? Nutrition, gluten, and processing.
2. What is quinoa’s economic potential in the Pacific Northwest? Thinking about farming’s triple bottom line: social, environmental, and ecological sustainability.
3. What are the global impacts of establishing a regional quinoa industry? Doing right by quinoa’s first growers: the people of the Andes.
4. What are the challenges to growing quinoa in the Pacific Northwest, and what is WSU doing to help? Plant variety development and processing in a region of many climates.
The WSU Office of Research and the Graduate School, along with the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, invite you to learn more about this important innovative research and the big ideas at work at WSU.
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721 Pine Street
Seattle, Washington, USA, 98101,
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Route 70 arrives at 3rd and Union (about a five-minute walk from the hotel) every 15 minutes throughout the day. For route information and rates, contact Metro Transit at metro.kingcounty.gov or call 206-553-3000.
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From Sea-Tac Airport:
Follow signs to 518 East/I-5 Northbound. Exit right onto 518 East. Exit from the left lane onto I-5 North. Continue on I-5 North for 14 miles. Exit from the left lane at Seneca Street. Right on Sixth Avenue. Right on Pike Street. Left on Eighth Avenue. Left on Pine Street. The Grand Hyatt Porte Cochere will be immediately on the left.
From Interstate 5 North Bound:
Exit from the left lane at Seneca Street. Right on Sixth Avenue. Right on Pike Street. Left on Eighth Avenue. Left on Pine Street. The Grand Hyatt Porte Cochere will be immediately on the left.
From Interstate 5 South Bound:
Take the Union Street Exit. Continue forward onto Union Street. Turn right on Seventh Avenue. Right on Pike Street. Left on Eighth Avenue. Left on Pine Street. The Grand Hyatt Porte Cochere will be immediately on the left.
From Interstate 90 West Bound:
Merge onto I-5 North via Exit #2c toward Madison Street/Convention Center/Vancouver, BC. Take Madison Street/Convention Center exit. Follow exit forward onto Seventh Avenue. Right on Madison Street. Left on Eighth Avenue. Left on Pine Street. The Grand Hyatt Porte Cochere will be immediately on the left.