New Farm


Master Composters of Rodale Institute

“In the compost heap, a transformation from life to death and back again is taking place.”  -J.I. Rodale According to the US EPA, in the United States food wastes and yard debris represent approximately 45% of the garbage generated by … Continued

What you eat can truly change your life

In appreciation of their support, we invite Rodale Institute Business Members to share an article about their work on our website. These articles often include insightful information based on their experience and line of work. It provides a unique perspective … Continued

Heavy Metals

By Kelsey McKee, OMRI Review Program and Quality Director With every decision an organic farmer makes, there are risks and rewards to be considered. What is the risk of planting a new variety, versus the potential reward? How much can … Continued

Healthy Soil, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby

Originally published on October 10, 2012 By guest blogger Pooja Mottl What if someone told you “dirt” and “pregnancy” are intimately connected? Would you believe it? Consider this: The health of “dirt” (a.k.a. soil) could have a significant impact not … Continued

The value of rain barrels

By Heather Kaiser, Rodale Institute Intern Here at Rodale Institute, we believe that conservation and environmentally friendly products are the key to preserving our homes, gardens, and communities. One way of implementing these positive changes is through the use of … Continued

Turning the Brown Gold to Yellow Gold

By Gladis Zinati, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist Compost is a typical nutrient amendment used in small-scale agriculture, while large scale, mono-crop agriculture often is dependent on synthetic N-P-K fertilizers.  Dan Hunsicker, a non-organic corn grower in Berks County, Pennsylvania, grows continuous corn … Continued