A leader in organic agriculture, the state of Washington says it has opened an eco-industrial park at the Port of Columbia in Dayton, Wash. Called "Blue Mountain Station," the site will recruit organic, artisan food processors, said Port Manager Jennie Dickinson.
Officials noted that Washington State University at Pullman -- less than two hours away -- created the nation's first organic farming degree and online certificate in organic agriculture. Dickinson said the Port of Columbia "is taking the next logical step" by partnering with food specialists in a number of disciplines to develop a fully integrated, certified organic food chain.
"Blue Mountain Station will create an 'umbrella brand,'" she said. "Organic, artisan food processing companies can participate in the many advantages of locating in Blue Mountain Station, as well as local, regional, national and international marketing programs."