Dig Deeper

Future Organic Farmer: Alicia Leone

Alicia Leone is starting her Fall Semester in the Organic Farming Certificate Program (OFCP) at Delaware Valley University. After completing the Summer Semester at Rodale Institute, she is excited to be delving into the university side of organic agriculture. Alicia first heard about the program in early 2015, in Rodale’s “Organic Gardening” magazine.


OFCP students tour Wyebrook Farm

Wyebrook Farm, located in Honey Brook, PA, is a dream come true for owner Dean Carlson. Having worked in finance for 15+ years he was often perpetuating the concept that we must always want more. After a while though, he started asking the monumental question, “When is enough, enough?” That is when Dean decided he wanted to stop perpetuating the ideal-ology of you never have enough. So, he pursued his dream of having a self-sustaining farm as his contribution to the planet. (more…)

Rodale Institute Recognizes 2017 Organic Pioneer Award Recipients

Rodale Institute, a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture, will recognize three recipients for their pioneering efforts in the organic movement at the 7th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards (OPA) dinner on September 9 in Kutztown, PA. The award winners include a research scientist, farmer and entrepreneur that are leading the way to an organic planet. 2017 recipients are researcher Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; organic farmer, Tom Beddard, Lady Moon Farms; and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. (more…)

Organic Farming Certificate Program Graduate Making a Difference

A graduate of Delaware University’s Organic Farming Certificate Program, in partnership with Rodale Institute, is connecting the past, present and future generations one seed at a time. Jessika Greendeer, an Americorp Vista Worker, is changing the lives of fellow members of the Ho Chunk Nation by teaching them how to grow their own food and dispelling the myth of needing a large farm to do so. Her accomplishments, thus far, trace back to the valuable knowledge and experiences she acquired during her participation in the Organic Farming Certificate Program. (more…)

Organic Farmers Association Members Present at Farm Bill Meeting

On August 3, Organic Farmers Association Director, Kate Mendenhall, and Steering Committee Chair, Jim Riddle, presented testimonies at the Farm Bill Listening Session: Conversations in the Field in Morgan, Minnesota. Testimonies include the need for investing in organic for the 2018 Farm Bill. (more…)

DelVal Students & Veterans Visit Local Farm

In addition to learning about the many aspects of beekeeping from Michael Schmaeling, Resident Beekeeper at Rodale Institute, students also visited a local production level apiary. Herman’s Honeycomb, Danenhower Apiaries was started in 1972 by Herman Danenhower. The process of using half-comb containers for honeybees to make their honeycombs (comb honey) began in 1933 by Herman Danenhower. (more…)

DelVal Students & Veterans Visit Local Farm

Students had the opportunity to visit a woman-run vegetable farm located at Lundale Farm Inc. in Chester County, PA. Over 150 varieties of Certified Naturally Grown produce are grown there to provide for 60 plus CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members, two Farmer’s Markets and local restaurants. The Kneehigh Farm mission is to reinvigorate their relationship to the land, as well as with one another. They believe that shared conversation and collaboration over a meal are just as important as the ingredients used. (more…)