Alumni give $5 million to Washington university's organic farm

04/24/2012 11:33:00 AM
The Grower Staff

Natural food pioneers Chuck and Louanna Eggert, who founded Pacific Natural Foods, have made a $5 million donation to Washington State University to help expand its organic teaching farm.

The couple met while attending the university, according to a news release.

"With deep roots in the natural and organic food industry that go back to our time at WSU, our family sees the critical role organic and sustainable agriculture plays in our food system day in and day out,” Chuck Eggert said in the release.

The WSU Organic Farm in Pullman will grow from its current 4 acres to 30 acres, making it the largest organic teaching farm on a U.S. university campus, according to the release.

The university already had established the nation's first four-year organic agriculture systems major in 2006.

Founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Ore., Pacific Natural Foods offers a variety of natural and organic foods, including processed soups, broths, non-dairy beverages and pot pies.

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