Compost


Heated Matter

This article originally ran in the spring issue of New Farm Magazine, the magazine of Organic Farmers Association. All OFA members receive a complimentary issue of New Farm twice per year. Click here to sign up! How-To for Farmers: A scientist … Continued

Rodale Institute’s Compost Production Specialist Teaches Kutztown University Students about Solid Waste

Solid waste is not a typical topic of conversation. However, for 15 KU students enrolled in Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV100) it was the highlight of their afternoon. On Friday, March 24, Rodale Institute’s very own Compost Production Specialist, Rick … Continued

Organic Farming Research Foundation Awards Grant to Rodale Institute

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded a $14,991 grant to Rodale Institute. Requested by Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute Associate Research Scientist, this grant will fund the project “Field Evaluation of Designed Compost Extracts for Organic Weed Suppression” beginning … Continued

Rodale Institute is pursuing a novel seed treatment to reduce plant disease

Soil-borne seed infecting pathogens are a serious constraint to greenhouse and field production systems of many agricultural crops, particularly where direct seeding is practiced. Conventional farming operations often use fumigants and chemical seed treatments for controlling plant pathogens. However, these … Continued

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