Kathleen Baughman on PolliNation with Andony Melathopoulos

Kathleen Baughman is a 1995 graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. In 2009, Kathleen made a lateral shift into Horticulture and worked in pest management at a rose nursery for several years before coming to Iwasaki Bros., Inc. She currently works as both the IPM and Operations Manager, where her duties include pest and disease control along with soil and lighting trials.

Learn how Iwasaki Bros. has reduced their environmental impact through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), bee monitoring, and the flagship farm program.

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“The Iwasaki’s have always been interested in sustainability, so [becoming a flagship farm] was something that came very natural to them.” – Kathleen Baughman

Show Notes:

  • Which nursery plants are most popular for pollinators
  • How Kathleen and Iwasaki Bros. manage their nursery plants
  • What makes the Pacific Northwest a great place to grow nursery plants
  • What got Iwasaki Bros. interested in sustainability issues
  • What Integrated Pest Management is and how it aids in achieving Iwasaki Bros. sustainability goals
  • How pest management coincides with keeping a prime crop for nurseries
  • What Iwasaki has done to monitor bees as a flagship farm for the Oregon Bee Project
  • How the consumer focus for nursery plants has changed and how the industry has adapted

“The focus of Integrated Pest Management is on scouting and rapid identification of pests and diseases so we can just treat a small group of plants as opposed to having to spray the entire greenhouse.” – Kathleen Baughman

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