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Rodale Institute Development Internship

Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Responsibilities Could Include:
• Assist Development team with upcoming events: Organic Pioneer Awards, Apple Festival, Field Day, plant sales, etc.
• Provide support for annual giving campaigns
• Help maintain database of current and prospective donors
• Assist in creation of end-of-year donor appeal (more…)

Preparing Soil Samples in Rodale Institute’s Lab

By Jesse Barrett – Rodale Institute, Organic Allentown Program Manager

After assisting Rodale Institute Research Technicians, Tara Caton and Emily Lesher, with collecting the zero to twenty centimeter soil samples from our FST (Farming Systems Trial) fields, I was left wondering how the soil samples were prepared for analysis. Tara and Emily are responsible for processing the thousands of soil samples collected from various fields from around our farm over the growing season. They both took some time from their lab work to explain the process to me. The procedure relies on drying the samples, sieving them, and then sent out to a Penn State Extension laboratory for further analysis. (more…)

Rodale Institute Research Internship

Job Description: Research interns work directly with Rodale Institute’s Research Department to investigate a number of regenerative organic farming issues, including cover crop practices, organic weed management, organic no-till systems, compost use, influences of agricultural practices on water quality, and effects of mycorrhizae and other soil biota on crop and soil health. The Department also oversees the Farming Systems Trial (FST), the oldest continuous trial in the US that compares organic and conventional farming systems, and the new Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), comparing the impacts organic and conventional farming practices on nutrient density in vegetables and linkages to soil health. (more…)

St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Internship

Job Description: The Rodale Institute is seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals with a positive spirit to apply for an internship at the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm. The farm is a partnership between the Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s Hospital to create an innovative farm-to-institute model. This intern would work with the St. Luke’s Farmers to produce and deliver safe, healthy, organic produce to all seven hospitals in the St. Luke’s Health Network. (more…)