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!
Happy New Year, Farm Photo Friday friends! We hope you enjoyed the holiday break. We've been busy, so here is an update on some of the new and exciting projects we have going on!
Our new,state of the art hog facility is getting closer and closer to completion every day. It's a thrill to see the progress! Here is a shot from the beginning of the week, in which you can see there are four arches already up.
And today, there are 8 arches in place and ready for the skin to go on!
Ross Duffuield, Farm Manager, and Lauren Cichocki, Animal Husbandry Coordinator, bask in the glory of progress!
They also had some fun testing it out before it's ready for the pigs. This is where the pigs will poke their heads out, as demonstrated here.
If you have ever seen a Farm Photo Friday before, you know that we have some pretty darn good lookin' goats. Many people tell us that they want these goats. Well, he's sired three bucks and they are available for sale! Time to start your own goat farm or add to your operation!
Some people think it's been cold out lately, but Zorro can't wait for it to get really cold!
Here is Alfalfa, the eldest of our young bucks available for sale!
Alfalfa is closing his eyes and envisioning what his future home will look like!
Be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming event, the Winter Warmup! Swap seeds and get your garden plan ready for the growing season with our awesome catalogs full of new varietals.
Meanwhile, in the labs, we catch up with Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist. This freeze-dryer takes compost extract which has been filtered and then frozen, and through the process of sublimation, transforms the frozen compost extract into a powder for alternative methods of application.
And here is the result!
This powder may not look like much, but rest assured, it is chock full of microbes! They're dormant once they are freeze-dried, but add some water, and these little micro-critters will go crazy!
Rick also wanted to show off another one of the lab's new toys! This Autoclave comes in very handy for sterilizing several different types of growing media, from soil to auger.
Bill Lenhard, Strategic Solutions Team Member, is painting one of the rest rooms in the main house, where the main offices are located. You can always find Bill taking great pride in his great work. Thanks Bill!
Elsewhere on the farm, Maggie Sazka, Plant Production Specialist, checks the temperature and water levels in the greenhouse. For a few brief moments, she's happy to be out of the cold!
After hunting for more Farm Photo Friday material, we have Ross back in the frame. Here's to you, Ross! Ross and Lauren (out of the frame) muck the oxen stalls and feed them some breakfast.
Lewis and Clark enjoy some organic hay. Hay - it's what's for breakfast.
Lewis licks his lips. Must be some pretty good hay today!
Ross is testing the waters, so to speak, to see if this rooster will let him pick him up. This shot is about as far as he got with that one!
Remember those cute little piglets just a few months back? They grow so fast! Here they are, about to have a pig party. They just need someone to 'break the ice.'
Ross gets to work on breaking up the ice with a mallet - and a very interested audience.
The others hear the ice breaking - must mean the pig party has started!
Could it be, that Lauren is having a chuckle at Ross's troubles? No, not possible. She would never!
And finally... Success!
Here the pigs learn that water is impossible to drink while frozen. But it is crunchy, which is pretty fun!
Don’t forget… Show your organic love!