WSU soil science researcher and organic advocate to join growing statewide program
Tilth Alliance announced this month that Nathan Stacey has been hired as Farm Program Director for its statewide program supporting farmers in the adoption and employment of organic, regenerative, and sustainable farming practices. An experienced researcher, educator and community focused collaborator, Stacey assumed the role as of August 30, 2021.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Stacey received a B.A. in Communications from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Washington State University (WSU). Most recently he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).
“Tilth Alliance’s hiring of Nate Stacey for the Farm Program Director role is an excellent choice,” said board president and fourth generation Washington farmer Jim Baird. “His hands-on experience with both small and large scale farms on both sides of the state will be a true asset to the organization. He brings both technical knowledge of soils and plants along with a passion to help improve the food system.”
While at WSU his research focused on the beneficial use of recycled organic materials as soil amendments, as well as evaluating various strategies for cover cropping and composting. He frequently created educational programming for farmers, gardeners, and agricultural industry professionals as part of his research.
“Nate brings a strong background in soil science, close ties with WSU’s research team, and many positive working relationships within the farming community to his work at Tilth Alliance,” said Executive Director Melissa Spear. “I am confident he will be able to lead our Farm Program to the next level, delivering significant benefit to producers across the state who are seeking support as they confront today’s challenges. We are thrilled to have him join us!”
Tilth Alliance is a Seattle-based organization that works in community with Washington farmers, gardeners and eaters to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future.
An advocate for food and agricultural policies that support a more sustainable food future while raising awareness of the critical relationship between food and climate change, they work in collaboration with like-mind organizations to advance organic and regenerative agriculture statewide including the Food Policy Council, WSU Food Systems, WSU CSNAR, WSDA, Washington Farmland Trust, American Farmland Trust, PCC Community Markets and others.