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Carol Miles

Vegetable Horticulture

(WSU Faculty member since 1994)

Carol Miles

Contact Info

Office: WSU Mount Vernon NWREC
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: 360.848.6150
FAX: 360.848.6159

Areas of Interest

  • Focus: High value vegetable crops, including wasabi, pea shoots, edamame, niche-market dry beans, icebox watermelon, leafy greens, grafted vegetables; plasticulture; hard cider

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Vegetable Crops, Cornell University
  • M.S., Vegetable Crops, Cornell University
  • B.S., Bio-Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University

Work Experience

  • Vegetable Extension Specialist, Department of Horticulture, Washington State University
  • Agricultural Systems Specialist, Washington State University Vancouver Research and Extension Unit
  • Agricultural Systems Area Agent, Lewis County Cooperative Extension, Washington State University
  • Researcher, Department of Plant Breeding, Cornell University
  • Consultant, Helen Keller International, Fairhaven, Connecticut
  • Consultant, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Peace Corps Agricultural Education Volunteer and Trainer, Cameroon, Africa

Honors or Awards

  • USDA NIFA Partnership Innovative Projects and Programs Team Award, 2013.
  • Washington State University College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Interdisciplinary Team Award, 2012.
  • USDA/CSREES Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program. Outstanding leadership, dedication and meritorious efforts, Washington State. 2008.

Program Personnel

  • Ed Scheenstra, Research Technician
  • Jacky King, Research Assistant

Selected Publications


Miles, Carol A. and Jaqueline King. 2014. Yield, labor, and fruit and juice quality characteristics of machine and hand-harvested ‘Brown Snout’ specialty cider apple. HortTechnology 24(5):519-526.

Cowan, J.S., C.A. Miles, P.K. Andrews, and D.A. Inglis, 2014. Biodegradable mulch performed comparable to polyethylene in high tunnel tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) production. J. Sci. Food Agric. 94:1854-1864. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6504.

Johnson, S., D.A. Inglis, and C. Miles. 2013. Grafting effects on eggplant growth, yield and verticillium wilt incidence. Intl. J. Veg. Sci. doi:10.1080/1915269.2012.751473.

Galinato, S., and C. Miles. 2013. Economic profitability of growing lettuce and tomato in western Washington under high tunnel and open-field production systems. HortTech. 23:453-461.

Miles, C., R. Wallace, A. Wszelaki, J. Martin, J. Cowan, T. Walters, and D. Inglis. 2012. Deterioration of potentially biodegradable alternatives to black plastic mulch in three tomato production regions. HortSci. 47:1270-1277.


Galinato, S.P., K. Gallardo, and C.Miles. 2014. Cost estimates of establishing a cider orchard in western Washington. Washington State University Extension publication FS141E, 6 p.

Johnson, S., C. Miles,P. Kreider,and J. Roozen. 2011. Vegetable grafting: eggplants and tomato. WSU extension publication FS052E.

Moulton, G., C. Miles, J. King and A. Zimmerman. 2010. Hard cider production and orchard management. WSU extension publication PNW621.


Miles, C., D. Inglis, and A. Foren. 2010. High Tunnels and Biodegradable Mulch. SCRI grant public Web site.

Miles, C., L. Zenz, T. Cheeke,and A. Foren. 1998. WSU Vegetable Research and Extension,