Alternate Board of Director Member
As a wholesale greenhouse producer, Alison Kutz has been an owner/operator of Cascade Cuts in Washington State for over 30 years. Her early dedication to biological control in both edible crops and ornamentals helped form a baseline for her work today. She began importing from Applied Bionomics in the early 80's, mostly for her own production systems. Her interests in biological approaches also included microbial extractions, so she formed Sound Horticulture in 2000 to work more closely with research and development of compost teas. Today Sound Horticulture distributes beneficial insects and related products throughout the country, mostly focusing attention on greenhouse producers. Alison’s passion is understanding the dynamics of biological systems, and offering technical support that reflects each unique environment. Her industry affiliations are many, and her experience in various sectors of Agriculture and Horticulture are unique. Alison's pragmatic approaches are carefully tailored to the needs of particular environments, but also take into consideration the many facets of the management and communication within an organization. Alison strives to work closely with organizations, streamlining and coordinating their pest monitoring, reporting and communication for the best possible outcomes. As a nursery owner herself, she knows where the rubber hits the road. She is comfortable in a variety of settings and maintains close ties with many land grant universities, researchers and consultants on a variety of topics affecting the changing landscape of pest control.