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Washington State University

Agriculture Program Lead

Stephen Bramwell, Associate Professor

WSU Thurston County Extension Director & Agriculture Specialist, (360) 790-9308

Main Interests

Use of conservation grazing for rare species and habitat protection on semi-natural grasslands in Western Washington and Oregon. Soil health management practices for grasslands, pastures, row crop production, and home gardens. Market development and farmer cooperatives for local agriculture and food access, including farm-to-school initiatives and market access for BIPOC farmers. Specialty grain production, new farmer training, agriculture workforce development.

Recent projects include
  • Development conservation grazing strategies for habitat protection in Southwestern Washington prairie ecosystem, more here.
  • Establishment of the SW Washington Grazing Association
  • Work with the SW WA Food Hub and Growers Cooperative to launch multi-farm produce boxes and Workplace Wellness Program
  • Feasibility assessment for community-scale, minimally processed fruit and vegetables for minor vegetable growing regions, more here.


  • M.S Soil Science, Washington State University
  • B.S Community Development from the Jackson School of International Studies. Botany Minor, University of Washington 
  • Tidal Leadership Certificate of Completion, WSU Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership 

Honors, Awards, & Service

  • Selection Committee Member, WSU Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards. 2022-present
  • Achievement Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents 2019
  • Recognized in Capital Press, Western Innovator: Seeking New Markets for Farmers 2019
  • National Finalist, Poster in Applied Research, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2019
  • State Winner, Poster in Applied Research, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2019
  • State Winner, Individual Newsletter Communications Award, Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association, 2018
  • Graduate Research Fellow, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, 2007-2008


Peer Reviewed Journals

Extension Publications


  • Bramwell, S.G., M. Rosemeyer, and M. Barker. 2011. Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainable Agriculture. p. 89-108. In: Sayre et. al. (ed.) Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America. University of Kentucky Press. Lexington, KY


~When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams–this may be madness–and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be. -Cervantes

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