The awesome power of microbial decomposition is all the more evident despite outside temperatures dropping below freezing. This morning, Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist turned a new compost pile containing manure, food waste, vegetable matter, leaves and other yard debris. (more…)
For the last six years Rodale Institute and OIA, a certifying body for organic agriculture in Argentina, have been participating in an exchange program. With high-hopes to share research, agricultural practices, farming experiences, and more importantly, build new relationships between the two countries, the continuing support organic farmers give each other, can promote organic agriculture on a global level. (more…)
The Organic Farmers Association calls on the USDA to implement the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) without delay. The OLPP or "animal welfare" rule would allow the National Organic Program to consistently enforce stronger animal welfare standards on organic farms and remove loopholes being taken advantage of by some large operations. (more…)
Low income, food insecure and urban neighborhoods struggle to gain access to organic and locally grown foods on a daily basis, while over all health in these areas seems to be dropping. Steps can now start being made as Grant Management Specialist Earlene Henderson-Samuels of the USDA announced that a $200,000 grant has been issued to Rodale Institute to fund the Farmers Market Promotion Program. (more…)
Duration: March 1- October 31, 2018 (25 hours/average week for 36 weeks). Single season opportunity which may be extended for up to 3 seasons (through 2020) based on first year performance and supervisor’s recommendation. Includes evening and weekend hours.
Compensation: $12/hour. No benefits.
Summary: Rodale Institute is seeking a motivated, organized, and customer service-oriented individual as part-time seasonal support for our farmers markets and Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) farm share program. The position will manage seasonal staff and market operations on location at the weekly markets in Allentown, PA. Market Coordinator will assist with promotion and coordination of program activities with vendors and partner organizations. The goal of the position is to promote, support and boost sales opportunities for local organic farming enterprises in the region while enhancing access to local, organic foods for low-income and low-access neighborhoods. (more…)
This article originally ran in the fall 2017 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!
Hungry for Growth: Diversification and a unique partnership have helped northern California’s Full Belly Farm keep expanding and improving for more than 30 years.
by Ariana Reguzzoni | photographs by Nat & Cody Gantz (more…)