Elizabeth Kirby

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Elizabeth has worked with CSANR since 2001 and has had a long-term interest in alternative cropping systems, conservation, and sustainability. Currently, she is developing select extension publications based on research from the Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project. Elizabeth also tracks and publishes annual statistics of Washington State’s organic sector, compiling data gathered by certifiers and other sources. The reports include information on organic crop acreage and also price, value and yield for selected crops. She has cooperated with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture/International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (FiBL/IFOAM) to produce several assessments of organic horticulture worldwide.

Elizabeth earned her M.S. in Soil Science from Washington State University and her B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Arizona. In addition to CSANR, Elizabeth has worked as an inspector for Food Alliance and the WSDA organic program, and as a soil conservationist with USDA-NRCS. She spent a year in Lesotho, investigating soil fertility and vegetable crop production, with a WSU Farming Systems Research Project. As a student at the UA, Elizabeth had the opportunity to work with the Office of Arid Lands Studies investigating alternative crops for the arid southwest, such as jojoba and guayule.

Contact Information

Associate in Research

1100 N. Western Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-663-8181 x283
ekirby@wsu.edu