Denison University Environmental Student Spends Summer at Rodale Institute

Since 1996, Rodale Institute has welcomed a student from Denison University to study at the farm. This summer, Jed Dioguardi was selected to learn from the Institute’s experts.

The Rodale Institute/Alrutz Stipend Internship provides a Denison University student interested in agriculture and/or the environment with the opportunity to learn from organic pioneers. The Alrutz Internship and Stipend honors the late Robert Alrutz, Professor of Biology and founder of Denison's Environmental Studies Program, the Homestead, and the Bioreserve.

As the Denison University representative, Jed—a senior double majoring in biology and environmental studies—has the opportunity to work both independently and with various teams on the farm. With an interest in botany, Jed spends most of the week learning about soil health with our researchers and gardening with our Plant Productions Specialist. Jed’s interest in the study of plants does not stop there; he also enjoys photographing the plants as well as the rest of the farm.

“I enjoy working on the other end of botany, the pre-planting; learning the best way to utilize soil health and how we can plant without the use of unnecessary additives."

After graduation, Jed is interested in working at a botanical garden. Utilizing the skills he acquired through his studies at Denison University as well as his experience at Rodale Institute, Jed hopes to work specifically within the garden’s research and outreach departments.

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