Helen Atthowe

Helen Atthowe has worked for 35 years to connect farming, food systems, land stewardship and conservation. She is the author of The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own-Fertilizer System for Organic Agriculture.

She currently farms and does soil- and natural enemies’ habitat- building research on her new 5-acre farm in Western Montana. Helen and her late husband co-owned his 35-year certified organic, 26-acre orchard in California and then farmed their 211-acre organic farm in Eastern Oregon doing mainly orchard and vegetable production. They did on-farm biological disease and insect suppression research, created educational videos, and did video presentations about their ecological farming methods.

Helen has an M.S. in Horticulture from Rutgers University and has worked in education and research at Rutgers, the University of Arkansas, and Oregon State University. She was a Horticulture Extension Agent in Montana for 17 years where she taught an organic Master Gardener course. She has also owned/operated a 30-acre certified organic vegetable/fruit farm in Montana, where she did organic soil and weed ecology research. Helen was a board member for the Organic Farming Research Foundation from 2000-2005 and an advisor for Wild Farm Alliance in 2018 and 2019.