On May 16th, the Veteran Farmer Training Program and Agriculture Supported Communities Program visited Frecon Farms in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Frecon Farms, family-owned and operating since 1944, includes an orchard, bakery, cidery, and farm market. Steve Frecon, owner, provided an overview of the family history and business followed by a tour of the cidery. (more…)
During the first week of their summer semester at Rodale Institute, students in the Organic Farming Certification Program participated in tractor training alongside veterans in the Veteran Farmer Training Program. The two-day course was presented by Bob Brown and Mike Farbotnik, professors from Delaware Valley University. (more…)
Aerial photography offers a thrilling perspective on agricultural research. A guest post by photographer Cynthia van Elk.
“Ask any Boy Scout,” says Jay Vilar, his blue flannel shirt and trucker hat both covered in a thin film of farm work. “You have to leave a place better than you found it. Humans are meant to be stewards of the environment,” he continues. Vilar, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), is an intern with the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program at Rodale Institute. He is spending an entire season immersed in the Institute’s work from seed to harvest. His goal? To draw firsthand connections between healthy soil, nutrition, and human health to better serve his clients, and, eventually, to steward the land with an educational farm of his own. (more…)
Researchers from the University of Minnesota visited Rodale Institute's pastured hog operation. (more…)
Organic Farmers Association Members' Wisconsin Farm Focuses on Animal Welfare
With the organic movement stronger than ever, Rodale Institute, the global leader in research on regenerative organic agriculture, honors three outstanding individuals for their innovations and dedication to the industry’s growth. The recipients—Mas Masumoto, William Liebhardt, and Arran Stephens—will be recognized at the 8th annual Organic Pioneer Awards at Rodale Institute on September 8th, 2018. (more…)
Post originally published in Pennsylvania Certified Organic's Organic Matter Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2018 Issue.
A behind the scenes look at the Rodale Institute Organic Hog Facility with Farm Manager Ross Duffield
Organic producers choose the issues that they want Congress to address in the 2018 farm bill. (more…)
Organic farmers dispute the decision to allow hydroponically grown produce to be certified. (more…)