In Memory of Chris Blanchard

Chris BlanchardThe Department of Horticulture lost one of its most accomplished alumni last month. Chris Blanchard, a graduate of our department from the mid 1990s, passed away following a long battle with cancer. Many of you will recall that Chris was a strong proponent of organic agriculture and a tireless advocate for local farms. He worked at Seed Saver’s Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, ran a large vegetable farm for fifteen years, managed his own consulting business, and most recently was the founder and host of the brilliant Farmer to Farmer podcast, available online at

Chris was a philosopher and a farmer. He was a positive force in everything he did. In his vision of organic agriculture, he was far ahead of his time. He was a friend and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and to his wife Angie Sullivan of Madison, Wisconsin.