At present, 27 M.S. and Ph.D. students are conducting agricultural research and completing coursework at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. They represent three academic departments within WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences: Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture and Plant Pathology. WSU Mount Vernon faculty also advise MS in Agriculture students.
The research facilities at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC include a nearly 20,000 square foot building built in 2006 with office space and up to date laboratory facilities. In addition, there are approximately 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Field research is conducted on 80+ acres of research fields, including cider apples, blueberry and raspberry. There are five acres certified organic, and seven acres in transition to organic. An additional eight acres is maintained by volunteer groups and includes public gardens and an orchard of heritage apple varieties. Applied field research is also conducted at many on-farm locations in Northwestern Washington.
Videoconference technology has allowed all departmental seminars and meetings to be attended in Mount Vernon. Most graduate level courses originating from the main WSU Pullman campus are offered at WSU Mount Vernon in addition to distance degree program curriculum. In addition, some graduate level courses are offered at WSU Mount Vernon by resident faculty.
The graduate students of WSU Mount Vernon NWREC have many opportunities to prepare and deliver outreach activities along with Extension specialists to growers. In addition, graduate students teach K-12 students as well as community college and university students.
NWREC Personnel Handbook