Dig Deeper

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…)

DelVal Students & Veterans Visit Local Farm

Two Gander Farm is a family operated farm run by a wife and husband – Deirdre and Trey Flemming. They farm 10 acres of vegetables, fruits, flowers and bees, in Downingtown PA, within 260-acres that are owned and managed by the Brandywine Conservancy. They are passionate about sustaining the proper ecology so natural systems are able to thrive within their farm. (more…)

Veterans in Ag: Corio Bruestle

Corio Bruestle is a Marine from West Lawn, PA. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2007 and spent four years as a TV/Radio broadcaster. His first year was spent studying at the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade and then spent the rest of his active duty service at MCAS Iwakuni in Japan. After serving his enlistment, Corio got out of the Marines in 2011 but stayed in Japan until April 2017. (more…)