Allentown Champion of the Homeless Joins Organic Mission


(Kutztown, PA, July 8, 2014) Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, today announced that Gary Millspaugh is the new Senior Director of Development and began July 7th.  Gary had previously served as Executive Director of the Rescue Mission in Allentown, which provides rescue, rehabilitation and restoration for adult men in crisis. In his new role with Rodale Institute, Millspaugh will focus on working with major donors and initiating a capital campaign in tandem with the ongoing development of a master plan intended to expand Rodale Institute’s presence both nationally and internationally.

“Regenerative organic agriculture’s role in a safe and healthy future of life on Earth becomes more clear every day, and with that increasing awareness, the impact of the Institute must also continue to grow its presence,” said ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of Rodale Institute.  “Gary’s track record and proven abilities are integral to realizing our vision of the future of the Institute.”

Ed Pawlowski, Allentown Mayor, made the following a statement on Millspaugh’s move; “Gary’s continued commitment to the Allentown community has created a legacy of positive impact.  Rodale Institute also has a legacy of improving public health, both locally and globally.  I look forward to working with Gary and the Rodale Institute team to further the city’s promise to become a center for urban organic agriculture,” said the Mayor, referring to a partnership between the City of Allentown and Rodale Institute to create a network of urban farms on vacant lots and open spaces, including park spaces.

Over his 20 year tenure at the Rescue Mission, Millspaugh crafted several successful programs including community based housing, professional counseling, a medical clinic in partnership with DeSales University, and a licensed addiction treatment center.  The Mission’s buildings were completely renovated in 2007 as part of a capital campaign led by Millspaugh.  His new role with Rodale Institute will focus on working with major donors and initiating a capital campaign in tandem with the ongoing development of a master plan intended to expand Rodale Institute’s presence both nationally and internationally.

“At Rodale Institute I can continue a long-time passion, providing nutritious, quality food to those in need,” said Millspaugh.  “As executive director of the Rescue Mission, I brought that passion to the food served there.  Joining Rodale Institute expands my potential impact from local to global.”

Since its founding in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, the Rodale Institute has been committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating people about how organic is the safest, healthiest option for people and the planet. The Institute is home to the Farming Systems Trial (FST), America’s longest-running side-by-side comparison of chemical and organic agriculture. Consistent results from the study have shown that organic yields match or surpass those of conventional farming. In years of drought, organic corn yields are about 30% higher. This year, 2014, marks the 34th year of the trial. New areas of study at the Rodale Institute include rates of carbon sequestration in chemical versus organic plots, new techniques for weed suppression and organic livestock.

ABOUT RODALE INSTITUTE

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest options for people and the planet.

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