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Crop Performance in Farming Systems Trial

In its 35th year of existence, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute continues to demonstrate, through scientific research data, that organic farming is superior to conventional systems with regard to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. This is the key to regenerative agriculture as it provides the foundation for its present and future growth. (more…)


Job Title: Groundskeeper/Mechanic

SUMMARY: Oversee and perform landscaping duties. Conduct routine equipment maintenance on a full line of farm/landscape equipment. Create new and innovative projects to educate and inspire others in environmentally friendly/organic landscaping. (more…)

Vertical Gardening in the Urban Environment

UPDATE: Join Rodale Institute Compost Production Specialist for his introductory class into Vertical Gardening for urban and suburban locations on Saturday, June 25, from 10am to 1pm. Register now!: http://rodaleinstitute.org/event-registration/?ee=195

Most urban centers across the United States have been labeled as “food deserts” where city residents do not have access to local, fresh produce. Food is transported to city centers by the truckloads from tens and even thousands of miles away. Oftentimes, these materials arrive close to or past their expiration and the condition of the food is questionable. As a result, city residents, which account for 81% of the US population, are provided with low quality produce.


Top USDA Official Talks Latest in Organic Crop Insurance at Pennsylvania Farm

A top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency took to the road this week to get feedback from farmers in Pennsylvania on how new enhancements to federal crop insurance are helping organic producers. (more…)

Organic Farming Research Foundation Awards Grant to Rodale Institute

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded a $14,991 grant to Rodale Institute. Requested by Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute Associate Research Scientist, this grant will fund the project “Field Evaluation of Designed Compost Extracts for Organic Weed Suppression” beginning May 1, 2016, and ending August 1, 2017. (more…)