Every Friday we share some snaps from our 333-acres in Kutztown, PA. Our photographers? The staff members who keep this farm chugging along. Enjoy a sneak peek at what’s going on here at Rodale Institute!
This week we are very excited to announce that Maggie Saska has joined the Institute as our new Plant Production Specialist, which means that she will spend her time producing very, very special plants! Molly Sweitzer, Marketing and Sales Specialist, helps Maggie plan out some projects so she can get right into the nitty gritty.
Remember those tiny piglets from a few weeks back? They grow so fast! Here is a group who are very interested in all the noise and activity happening just outside of the frame... So what's going on over there?
Of course, they should be interested! The new Hog Facility is under construction. The frames have been set and concrete will be poured soon for the foundation. Our pastured pigs will be out rooting in the day time and sleeping in state-of-the-art digs!
They are all pleased and excited by the upgrade!
Elsewhere on the farm, we're busy moving mountains. Hot, steaming mountains of leaves, that is!
Compost Production Specialist, Rick Carr, loves his work. Look at that smile - he is so excited... and he just can't hide it!
He even invited this photographer up into the tractor for a front row seat to the leaf-turning show. See the steam? That means the microbes are busy decomposing the leaves!
Rick takes a moment to humbly thank the leaf gods for such a bountiful blessing. That, or maybe he is gloating a little bit that he moved a mountain (we didn't think it would go to your head!).
Dr. Gladis Zinati., Associate Research Scientist, is working on the CIG Nutrient Management research project. Here, she is grinding biomass from corn so that it can be weighed and analyzed.
Lewis & Clark, our oxen team, are out for a walk on one of the unseasonably warm days we had this week. Stephanie Zimmermann - Schmitt (left), from our Strategic Solutions Team, and Lauren Cichocki (right), Animal Husbandry Coordinator, will be spending time with Lewis and Clark, so they are bonding now, before the real training starts.
Ross Duffield, Farm Manager, is climbing mountains of his own today! The grain bin needs some repairs, so Ross is up there checking on it before the service person arrives. Keep it up Ross, No Pain, No Grain!
With Maggie on board now as our Plant Production Specilatist, we need more growing space! Our Facilities team is assembling a high tunnel which will be just such a spot for the production of very, very special plants! Left to right: Matt Boyer, Michael Schmaeling and Dan Kemper. Thanks guys, looking great!
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