Organic farming can be a challenge anywhere, but the obstacles encountered by Inland Pacific Northwest organic small grain farmers are unique. Their options for managing weeds and soil nutrients are few, and the limitations of the regional climate don’t make things much easier. Nonetheless, organic small grain farmers are out there, and a few are sharing their experience. This publication investigates the farming philosophies and practices of 12 organic small grain producers across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Bob Quinn has grown certified organic wheat, barley, alfalfa and other crops for more than twenty years, using cover crops as a keystone for fertility and weed management. Diana Roberts (Regional Extension Specialist, WSU) to learn more about cover cropping with sweet clover and Austrian winter pea, weed management with crop competition, alternative marketing strategies, on-farm fuel production and more.