In Memory of Chris Blanchard
An innovative and collaborative leader in our organic farming community, Chris Blanchard unfortunately left our world too early in 2019. His dedication to farmer education continues through this website, archiving his hundreds of podcasts, speeches and numerous other resources he cultivated through his company, Purple Pitchfork. His work reflected his authentic approach and down-to-earth, friendly nature, providing practical information and make you feel like you were sitting down with him and a cup of coffee around your farm kitchen table. With deep personal farming roots, Chris raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets. Prior to 1999, Chris managed student farms, worked as a packing house manager, plant breeding assistant, and farm manager, and provided consulting for a major organic processor, in California, Wisconsin, Maine, and Washington state. His work and mission continue in this site as nothing would make him happier than to continue to support and grow more new organic farmers.