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Cultivating a fresh approach to agriculture

  May 26, 2010
Research Leader for Biologically Intensive and Organic Agriculture, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs serves as research leader for biologically intensive and organic agriculture (BIOAg), a unique interdisciplinary program at that brings together researchers and resources from several WSU colleges and departments. She previously was an instructor and research associate in the University’s crop and soil sciences department. Dr. Carpenter-Boggs also serves as director for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, enabling greater understanding among post-baccalaureate students of the science, practices, and current issues in sustainable agriculture.

She conducts research into composting unusual wastes, the use of compost teas for plant growth promotion and disease management, high nitrogen-fixing legumes and rhizobial bacteria, weed control for organic apples, integrated organic crop-livestock systems, and green manure crops for biological disease control. Dr. Carpenter-Boggs’s undergraduate work at Northland College focused on biophysical environmental studies. She earned a master’s degree in soil microbiology and biochemistry at Iowa State University and her doctorate in soil science at WSU.

Interim Director, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

Chad Kruger is interim director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) at WSU. In addition to administering a research policy network, for the past five years he has coordinated CSANR’s Climate Friendly Farming Project, developing practices and technologies that save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon in soils, and provide renewable, biomass-based fossil fuel alternatives. The project recently won a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models.

Professor Kruger is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, and was a member of the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup. He studied ecointensive agriculture technologies at Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash., and earned a master’s degree in land resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he was an Au Sable graduate fellow.

Overview

Can the delicate mustard plant protect important crops—including potatoes and mighty fir trees—from ravaging fungal disease? Can dairy farms become manufacturers of renewable energy and help fight global climate change? Can new ways of composting shield crops from a host of illnesses and save farmers millions of dollars in pest control, fertilizers, and soil enhancements, now and well into the future?

At WSU, leaders in sustainable and organic agriculture research are poised for significant breakthroughs in the scientific and practical applications of their far-reaching studies. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and Chad Kruger, both of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, are examining effects of nitrogen and bacteria, and working with small- and large-scale farmers, agri-industry leaders, and policy makers to help increase crop yields, create new products, reduce air and water pollution, manage agricultural waste, and improve income and human welfare across Washington and around the globe.

By various public transit

To map your trip—including transit times and transfers—visit maps.google.com. After entering your start/end points (the hotel is at 411 University Street), toggle “by public transit.”

For transit alternatives, visit findaride.org.

By bus

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.

By ferry

For schedules and routes visit wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or phone 888-808-7977 (voice) or 800-843-3779 (recording).

By train and light rail

Visit amtrak.com or call 800-872-7245. For information on Sound Transit routes and schedules from Everett or Tacoma, visit soundtransit.org.

By car/carpool

Before leaving, check travel advisories, traffic alerts and traffic cams at web5.seattle.gov/travelers.

From Interstate 5 South:

Take exit 165B (Union Street) and go two blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Ave. and go two blocks to Seneca Street. Turn right onto Seneca St. and go one block to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. and drive one block to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.*When driving South, do not to enter the Express Lanes.

From Interstate 5 North / SeaTac Airport:

As you approach downtown Seattle, move into the left lane. Take exit 165 (Seneca Street) From the stop light, continue straight two blocks moving to the right lane. Turn right onto 4th Ave. Drive one block to University Street and turn right. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

From Interstate 520 West:

Take the exit for I-5 South (Portland), continue on I-5 South. Take exit 165B (Union Street) and go two blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Ave. and go two blocks to Seneca Street. Turn right onto Seneca St. and go one block to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. and go one block to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

From Interstate 90 West:

Merge onto I-5 North (Vancouver) and immediately move into to the far right lane. Follow signs for the Convention Place/Madison Street exit and merge onto 7th Avenue. Turn left at Madison Street, go three blocks to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave., drive three blocks to University Street. Turn right onto University St. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is on the right.

Self Parking

2–3 hours $14

3–4 hours $17

Olympic Parking Garage

Southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Seneca Street

Valet Parking

2–3 hours $19

3–4 hours $21

Continue 2 blocks to 4th Avenue (get in the right lane). Turn right on 4th Avenue (remaining in the right lane). Continue 1 block to University Street. Right onto University Street. Hotel entrance with valet parking is on the right.

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