Alison Kutz has over 30 years of experience as a grower, herb propagator, and owner and operator of wholesale nursery, Cascade Cuts, in Bellingham, WA. Early on, Alison experimented with the concept of growing for production while reducing and eliminating pesticide use. Those early challenges proved to be a fruitful learning ground, and a place to work out the quirks of using beneficial insects, organic potting blends, compost, and compost teas. Sound Horticulture grew out of the demand for Alison to share her knowledge and experience with other producers and agriculturists, particularly in British Columbia, who were inquiring about the new concept of working with compost tea. The idea of adding a biologically charged form of nutrition to container plant growing was an “ah- ha” moment for her nursery work at Cascade Cuts. She became the “go-to” gal for people with questions about how to integrate these actively aerated compost extractions into production horticulture, and thus, in 2000, Sound Horticulture was born. The innovative work with compost tea was synergistic with the mission to reduce synthetic inputs in general, and so Sound Horticulture has continued to evolve, developing a central focus on beneficial insects and biocontrols. Today, Sound Horticulture offers ecologically based solutions for greenhouse producers and specialty agriculture. These include the sales of beneficial insects and nematodes, compost tea brewers from Growing Solutions, microbial products, pest management tools like traps and lures, and consultative and technical support. These hard to find specialty products are designed to work together in various growing systems, and work synergistically with each other. Now supporting a wide array of growers, Alison is constantly wrapping her brain around problem solving for others, building management teams, assisting with “greening” production systems, and closing energy loops. Sound Horticulture takes the approach of examining whole system health in all of its components.
We have come a long way, and taken the time to look more deeply into the wonders of the soil and microbial kingdom, focusing our attention on good R & D, and working closely with growers, as well as maintaining strong ties with the world of current academic research.
We welcome inquiries from a variety of cropping systems, always looking forward to learning and sharing our experiences.
Although we are very busy working with growers on pest and disease management, we will continue to be involved with helping growers and suppliers improve their compost quality, and assist with a variety of related challenges in the industry.
This website is just the surface of what what is happening behind the scenes. Take note, make contact, let us know what is bugging you. We ship beneficial insects and nematodes year round on a weekly basis, so please contact us for further information. We would love to help you.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Alison and team of Karin, Jessica, Jessamyn, Sarah, Melanie, Morgan, and Heather.