F.H. King History


Our organization is named after the agricultural scientist Franklin Hiram King, who, during his tenure at UW, made massive contributions to the emerging field of soil science. King was primarily interested in two subjects: applying physics to soil science and researching indigenous agricultural practices.

King wrote a seminal text in the field of organic farming, a survey of traditional Asian farming practices called Farmers of Forty Centuries, or Permanent Agriculture in China, Korea, and Japan. King's work is fundamental in the field of agricultural science, and our organization pays tribute to his legacy by practicing and educating the UW community about his ideas and philosophy of sustainability in agriculture.