Dig Deeper

Rotational No-Till & Insectary Strips for Organic Cucumber Production

Rodale Institute staff attended this year’s Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Farming for the Future Conference! During this annual event, Rodale Institute staff attended full and half day programming, over 100 80-minute workshops on a variety of topics, and got to network with over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders. (more…)

Rodale Institute Garden Store Volunteer

Is gardening among your passions? Would you like to learn more about organic farming and gardening techniques? Do you enjoy browsing unique gift shops? Do you strive to support nonprofit ventures and charitable causes? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then volunteering at the Rodale Institute Garden Store might be the perfect fit for you! (more…)

“What I Learned as a Rodale Institute Research Intern”

During the summer of 2016, Rodale Institute had the pleasure of training research intern, Britta Schumacher. Britta graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical and Environmental Geology and is currently a Geography Graduate student at  University of California, Santa Barbara. Britta had the opportunity to share her internship experience, which was featured at geog.ucsb.edu/summer-of-2016/: (more…)

St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Quality Standards & Distribution Coordinator

Job Description: The Rodale Institute is seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals with a positive spirit to apply for the Quality Standards and Distribution Coordinator position at the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm. The farm is a partnership between the Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s Hospital to create an innovative farm-to-institute model. The individual would work with the St. Luke’s Farmers to produce and deliver safe, healthy, organic produce to all seven hospitals in the St. Luke’s Health Network. The position would also entail completing office tasks related to the farm’s wholesale operation. (more…)

Challenges & Policy Recommendations for Expanding Organic in the US

Guest post by the National Organic Coalition (NOC). The National Organic Coalition is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC has created a white paper to explore in greater depth the challenges limiting domestic production of organic crops, as well as policy and market-based tools that could help to address those challenges. Below is an executive summary of this white paper. Click here for the full document. If you have questions pertaining to this executive summary, please contact author. (more…)

Vermicomposting for Beginners

Solid waste generation in the United States continues to rise at a steady rate. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash in 2013, which is the equivalent of 4.40 pounds per person per day. Yard debris and food waste combined account for nearly 30% of the materials disposed in US landfills. These materials can be easily composted in municipal and backyard composting systems and fortunately, composting collection programs have been increasing with increasing waste generation. However, backyard composting may not be an option for many individuals that wish to divert their materials from the landfill because they lack yard space, time or energy or else live in a rental unit; therefore, vermicomposting becomes an attractive alternative. What’s more, vermicomposting can be a powerful educational tool for teaching children about decomposition, microbiology, earthworms and the importance of managing organic residuals such as food waste at home. (more…)