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Scholarship Fund Supports Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Rodale Institute’s Next Generation Scholarship Fund Helps Provide World-Class Education and Mentorship to New Farmer Trainees

American agriculture is at a critical juncture: Nearly one-third of farmers are past retirement age, and 93 million acres of farmland are poised to change hands in the next five years.[i] Organic product sales have climbed by over 70% since 2008, yet only 1% of domestic arable acreage is currently certified organic—demand clearly outpaces supply.[ii] (more…)

Meet Research Intern: Abdel Alfahham

By Neal Kerschner  - Training the Next Generation of Organic Researchers

What effect does organic farming have on soil’s ability to retain water and the amount of organic matter present in the soil? Abdel Alfahham, a graduate student from the University of Pennsylvania working towards his Master of Applied Geosciences, is currently conducting extensive research on the subject at Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial. (more…)

Rodale Institute & Stroud Water Research Center Partnership Update

Rodale Institute is partnering with Stroud Water Research Center to conduct an exciting new research project focusing on linkages between agriculture, soil health and water quality. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Avondale, PA. The organization seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration. (more…)

Rodale Institute Partners with Penn State College of Medicine to Advance Human Health

Rodale Institute and Penn State College of Medicine announced a partnership to connect food production with health care and to promote and improve public health. To celebrate our shared commitment to expanding access to organic foods and fresh produce, we signed a memorandum of understanding and celebrated the collaboration with a tree-planting ceremony on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. (more…)

Growing Summer Semester!

May 22nd was the first day of the summer semester at Rodale Institute for students enrolled in the Organic Farming Certificate Program (OFCP), offered in partnership with Delaware Valley University (DelVal). Students in the Organic Farming Certificate Program will participate in two accredited courses this summer, Soil Health and Plant Health Management, and will receive over 200 hours of hands-on farm experience.

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