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

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

Crossover technologies for soil health

Organic growers have historically had to rely on the surrounding soil and ecosystem biology to support their crops since the chemistry of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers were unavailable. But every farm can benefit from improved soil health and reduced costs. … Continued

Improved compost management for certified organic operations

Outcomes from current standard composting processes can range from high quality composts (rich in carbon, nitrogen, and healthy biota) to simple organic material (rich in carbon but low in nitrogen and biota) to noxious, harmful failures, depending on the input … Continued

Organic vs. Chemical Lawn Care: Which one leads to healthier grass?

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at The summer season always brings to mind bright green lawns and idyllic images of children running barefoot through the grass. However, lawns are a quintessentially American phenomenon, and when you begin to … Continued

Recipe for great growth

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. While inviting friends and neighbors over to help plant in the spring, harvest … Continued

Not all compost is created equal

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at Just as the statement “milk is milk” is patently not true, so is the idea that all compost is created equal. Dictionaries and encyclopedias simply define compost as “rotted organic matter made … Continued