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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…)

St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Crew Leader Position

Job Description: Rodale Institute is seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals with a positive spirit to apply for the crew leader 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. (more…)

St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Part-Time Office Position

Job Description: Rodale Institute is seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals with a positive spirit to apply for the part-time office 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-hospital model. The individual would work with the St. Luke’s farmers to complete office tasks related to the farm’s wholesale operation. (more…)

Rodale Institute Development Internship

Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Responsibilities Could Include:
• Assist Development team with upcoming events: Organic Pioneer Awards, Apple Festival, Field Day, plant sales, etc.
• Provide support for annual giving campaigns
• Help maintain database of current and prospective donors
• Assist in creation of end-of-year donor appeal (more…)

Preparing Soil Samples in Rodale Institute’s Lab

By Jesse Barrett – Rodale Institute, Organic Allentown Program Manager

After assisting Rodale Institute Research Technicians, Tara Caton and Emily Lesher, with collecting the zero to twenty centimeter soil samples from our FST (Farming Systems Trial) fields, I was left wondering how the soil samples were prepared for analysis. Tara and Emily are responsible for processing the thousands of soil samples collected from various fields from around our farm over the growing season. They both took some time from their lab work to explain the process to me. The procedure relies on drying the samples, sieving them, and then sent out to a Penn State Extension laboratory for further analysis. (more…)