This community features publications and educational materials created by the WSU Extension, a network of agricultural experts across Washington state. With 39 locations throughout the state, WSU Extension builds the capacity of individual, organization, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs.

WSU Extension began in 1913, a year ahead of federal legislation authorizing the present extension system. In that year, Washington state authorized a Bureau of Farm Development headquartered at Washington State College and provided for the appointment and maintenance of agricultural experts across the state. By then, however, George A. Nelson, the first county extension worker, had been on the job for more than two months. Nelson was appointed as agriculturist for Wahkiakum County December 12, 1912. He was absorbed into the new Bureau. Pioneer extension educators established a philosophy that’s still relevant today: “helping farmers to help themselves.”

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • Anthracnose canker integrated management plan for home gardeners in Western Washington 

    Garton, Whitney; Miles, Carol A.; Mazzola, Mark (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Anthracnose canker, caused by the fungal pathogen Neofabraea malicorticis (synonym Cryptosporiopsis curvispora), and potentially Phlyctema vagabunda (synonym Neofabraea alba), is a major disease, limiting apple production ...
  • Biodegradable plastic mulch and suitability for sustainable and organic agriculture 

    Ghimire, Shuresh; Hayes, Doug; Cowan, Jeremy S., 1977-; Inglis, Debbie, 1953-; DeVetter, Lisa W.; Miles, Carol A. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Biodegradable plastic mulch offers crop production benefits similar to polyethylene (PE) mulch but is designed to be tilled into the soil after use thereby eliminating waste and disposal challenges. This publication explains ...
  • Organizational dimensions of farmers markets in Washington State 

    Ostrom, Marcia; Donovan, Colleen (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Farmers markets are one of the most visible cornerstones of farm-direct marketing today. Throughout the United States, the total number of farmers markets has increased dramatically. The USDA’s directory now includes 8,144 ...
  • Therapeutic gardening 

    McHugh, Anna; Ord, Gina (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Therapeutic gardening is the cultivation of plants to promote a healing environment, receive mental and physical health benefits, and increase well-being. Gardening has many different purposes for individuals, ranging from ...
  • Are native trees and shrubs better choices for wildlife in home landscapes? 

    Chalker-Scott, Linda (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Many gardeners prefer to use native plants in their landscapes. Part of this preference is the widespread belief that native species are better ecological choices, especially in providing habitat for native wildlife. Most ...
  • Pack food safety in your lunch 

    Craig, Susie B. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Packed lunches can be quick, healthy, and easy on the family budget. Whether you’re in school, work in an office building, or you’re going on vacation, make certain to pack food safety along with your lunch. Understanding ...
  • 2018 crop protection guide for tree fruits in Washington 

    DuPont, Tianna; Beers, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Hull), 1955-; Nottingham, Louis, 1972-; Grove, Gary G.; Amiri, Achour; Sosnoskie, Lynn M.; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; Blakey, Rob; Schmidt, Tory; Kangiser, Joel; Klaus, Michael; Taylor, Lagene F.; Steffen, Gerald R.; Ruiz, Shelby N.; Jones, Wendy (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
  • Baby corn 

    Miles, Carol A.; O'Dea, Justin; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; King, Jacqueline (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
    Fresh baby corn is eaten in its entirety and has a crisp texture and a subtle, slightly sweet corn flavor. Although almost all the baby corn found in the United States is imported from Asia in pickled or canned form, fresh ...
  • Canning meat, poultry, and game 

    Powers-Hammond, Lizann (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
    Poultry, red meats, and meat from game animals (such as deer, elk, and bear) are low-acid foods and must be processed in a pressure canner to ensure safety. Because meat and poultry products are low-acid foods, Clostridium ...
  • Anthracnose canker management plan for commercial apple orchards in Western Washington 

    Garton, Whitney; Miles, Carol A.; Mazzola, Mark (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    Anthracnose canker, caused by the fungal pathogen Neofabraea malicorticis (synonym Cryptosporiopsis curvispora), and potentially Phlyctema vagabunda (synonym Neofabraea alba), is a major disease, limiting apple production ...
  • Edamame 

    Miles, Carol A.; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; Zenz, Leslie; King, Jacqueline (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    Edamame is a specialty vegetable soybean that originated in China more than 2000 years ago. Today it is known as a traditional Japanese vegetable Edamame is a Japanese word which translates to English as “branched bean”. ...
  • Approaches to nutrient recovery from dairy manure 

    Frear, Craig, 1964-; Yorgey, Georgine; Ma, Jingwei (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    To support dairy, dairy-allied industry, and agency knowledge and decision-making, this paper provides an overview of the major nutrient recovery (NR) approaches now emerging or in use for recovery or removal of P, N, K, ...
  • An economic analysis of three soil improvement practices in the Columbia Basin, Washington State 

    Tozer, Peter R.; Galinato, Suzette P.; McGuire, Andrew; Granatstein, David (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Soil improvement practices are ways to maintain or improve soil quality and thereby soil productivity. The objective in this research was to estimate the costs and benefits of three soil improvement practices in the Columbia ...
  • An introduction to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth in Washington State 

    Eggleston, Kristin; Fischer, Vivianne, 1979-; Ord, Gina; Soliday, Elizabeth (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Having up-to-date information on available options for birth care helps women and their families make decisions that suit them best. In this article, we aim to inform families, family support professionals, educators, and ...
  • Pea shoots 

    Miles, Carol A.; O'Dea, Justin; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; King, Jacqueline (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Pea shoots are the young, tender vine tips of green or garden peas. This specialty vegetable crop is eaten fresh in salads, lightly steamed or saute?ed in stir-fries, or served as an attractive edible garnish often placed ...
  • Vineyard nutrient management in Washington State 

    Moyer, Michelle, 1982-; Singer, Stacy D.; Davenport, Joan R.; Hoheisel, Gwen-Alyn (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Understanding the nutrient requirements of perennial fruit crops is paramount to the longevity and sustainability of a commercial operation. This guide provides basic information on grape plant nutritional requirements, ...
  • Connecting the dots : youth development frameworks and the essential elements of 4-H 

    White, Alison; Scanga, Lauren Hrncirik; Weybright, Elizabeth (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    With a plethora of youth development research and theories to scour and assess, deciding how to best support Positive Youth Development (PYD) can be daunting. However, a review of numerous frameworks proposed and validated ...
  • An introduction to cavity-nesting bees in the Puget Sound region 

    Bloom, Elias H.; Olsson, Rachel L.; Wine, Emily H.; Schaeffer, Robert N.; Crowder, David W. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Cavity-nesting bees are important pollinators, contributing billions of dollars in global pollination services each year. Adequate nesting resources across agricultural and natural landscapes are essential for the survival ...
  • Completing a successful feasibility study for an anaerobic digestion project 

    Jensen, Jim; Frear, Craig, 1964-; Kruger, Chad E.; Yorgey, Georgine (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Today, anaerobic digesters require significant up-front expenditures. As the cost and complexity of anaerobic digesters has grown, so has the demand for analysis of the technical systems and the financial costs and benefits. ...
  • Physical management of pest birds in agricultural settings 

    Caskin, Tyler P.; Cirillo, Kimberly A.; Adams-Progar, Amber L. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-01)
    Since their introduction to the east coast of the United States in the early 20th century, European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) have become an invasive, non-native species causing high-impact economic and ecological damage. ...

View more