The 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 http://www.farmertofarmerpodcast.com/.
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.