Wednesday, June 27, students from the Organic Farming Certificate Program and Veteran Farmer Training Program, took a field trip to Tooth of the Lion Farm & Apothecary. Located in Orwigsburg, PA, Tooth of the Lion is owned by Katelyn Melvin, a young yet, seasoned farmer.
Students and veterans visited 8 Oaks Distillery in New Tripoli PA, a veteran run distillery. Chad Butters, owner and Army veteran, tells his family’s story with pride through Eight Oaks Distillery. From the origin of the name to most of the employees, family and friends is what makes this distillery run. (more…)
Billy Vaughan is a retired Marine officer with 21 years of service who began his time as an enlisted Infantryman specializing in demolitions and anti-tank operations. Drawn by the opportunity to challenge himself, Vaughan volunteered and trained to become an Airborne Ranger. After finishing the rigorous training, he attended college and earned two bachelor's degrees in English and History with the intent of becoming an Infantry Officer. During his 21 years of service, Vaughan served a total of 10 deployments; four as enlisted and six as an officer.
Rodale Institute's Agriculture Supported Communities program provides organic produce at affordable prices to low-income communities, while training new organic farmers. You can find this year's farmers-in-training tending the production fields, harvesting and preparing food for members, and distributing food at the markets. Now's your chance to learn more about the next generation of organic farmers. (more…)
Third Generation Takes Farm Back to its Roots with Vision of Sustainability (more…)
Bipartisan Support for Increased Funding for Research on Organic Agriculture
On July 20th, state legislators gathered at Rodale Institute to announce $500,000 in appropriations funding dedicated to the Institute's research on organic methods. “I’ve watched as the research has grown here [at Rodale Institute] and know that the work being done here can have a very, very positive impact on not only Pennsylvania, but agriculture nationally and internationally as well,” said state Senator Judy Schwank (D-11). (more…)
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…)
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 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…)