Creating a massive awakening, together.


Our team members love to share their knowledge on all things organic—whether it’s our first rate scientific research, farming practices, the organic standards, home gardening or how and why it’s vital that we live an authentic, organic life. Host a Rodale Institute speaker at your next event and help create a massive awakening!

For more information or a Speaker Request Form, contact:
Megan Kintzer
Director of Development and Communications
611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
megan.kintzer@rodaleinstitute.org
610-683-1443

SPEAKER BIOS

Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director

Mark’s professional experience has been dedicated to environmental sustainability, efficiency and conservation. In his previous posts he designed and implemented the Green Mission Environmental Best Practices at Whole Foods where he employed a region-wide composting and recycling initiative resulting in an 80% diversion of waste from landfills, launched energy saving programs and was chosen as a messenger for Al Gore’s Climate Project presenting to over 15,000 people on the effects of Global Warming. He has also been a teacher, basketball coach, and biodynamic farmer for over 30 years.

Topic specialties:
Rodale Institute–Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!
Preserving the Harvest Using Lacto Fermentation
Composting Food Waste on a Commercial Scale
Back Yard Chickens

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Jeff Moyer, Farm Director

Jeff Moyer is an expert in organic crop production systems including weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. He has helped countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic or sustainable methods. Throughout his more than 30 years at the Rodale Institute, Moyer has brought a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, which assists the USDA Secretary of Agriculture in developing standards for materials to be used in organic production as well as advising on other aspects of implementing the National Organic Program. He is also a member of the Leonardo Academy’s committee on sustainability, board member of Organic Farming Research Foundation, and a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

Topic specialties:
Organic Solutions to a Broken Food System
Transition from Conventional Ag Production to a Certified Organic Approach
Organic No-till: Blending the best of both worlds
Cover Crops: The promise of tomorrows soils.

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Dr. Gladis Zinati, Interim Director of Research

Gladis Zinati is an Interim Research Director at Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA. She conducts basic and applied research in compost formulations, carbon sequestration, soil fertility and pest management to improve organic crop production and quality. She has a set of undergraduate degrees in General Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering and MSc. degree in Horticulture from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. Her Ph.D. is in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI. She formerly worked as an Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops for Rutgers University in NJ.

Topic specialties:
TBD

 

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Dr. Hubert Karreman, Veterinarian

Dr. Hubert Karreman is a 1995 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He was a full-time dairy practitioner for 15 years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, tending to animals on 100+/- certified-organic dairy farms. He has been using biological, botanical and homeopathic remedies since 1988, when he was a herdsman on a Biodynamic farm prior to entering veterinary school. He now limits his clinical work to internal medicine for organic livestock. He has given lectures to farming and veterinary audiences in the U.S. and abroad and was on the USDA National Organic Standards Board for 5 years where he drafted recommendations for regulatory implementation. He was also a member of the AVMA Taskforce on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), which wrote the current AVMA Guidelines on CAVM. He passed the certification exam of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, completed the certification course with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and is the first certified CowSignals® trainer in the United States.

Topic specialties:
The non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease
Biologicals, botanicals, acupuncture and homeopathy
Transitioning conventional livestock to organic livestock
Philosophy, ethics and organic regulations for livestock

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Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist

Rick Carr has been studying the science and utilization of compost, vermicompost and liquid extracts in both the laboratory and field since 2008. Rick earned a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Cornell University in 2012 and, under the advisement of Dr. Eric Nelson, conducted research on understanding the mechanisms associated with vermicompost-mediated disease suppression. His research has contributed to understanding biologically-based disease suppression as well as new information on Pythium aphanidermatum development and pathogenicity. Rick became a Master Composter of Tompkins County, NY in 2008 and spent a year after his graduate studies working and studying on a large certified organic farm in Argentina where he developed a new perspective on how laboratory studies translate to on-farm research and application.

Topic specialties:
Composting
Vermicomposting
Liquid compost extracts

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Because Rodale Institute is a non-profit, we kindly request coverage of
travel expenses and an honorarium for each speaking engagement.
Please call 610-683-1443 for more details.