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Veterans in Ag: Larry Byers

Larry Byers has always been interested in the environment and organic agriculture. Since he was a young boy, Larry’s father was always spending time with him in the woods, tending to the family’s an organic garden and teaching him the value of recycling. His father even established a recycling center in their home town. (more…)

The Buzz on the Beekeeping Class

Over the course of the next few weeks, students of the Organic Farming Certificate Program will study all things bees with Michael Schmaeling, Resident Beekeeper at Rodale Institute. Students will learn about many aspects of beekeeping, from basic to advanced topics needed to become hive stewards. (more…)

Organic Farming Certificate Program Student Spotlight: Audrey Weismiller

From Somonauk, Illinois, Audrey Weismiller served in the United States Navy for four years. She was stationed on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in Washington. As an aviation electronics technician, she worked on communication and navigation equipment. (more…)

Soil-less Growing for Urban Environments

At Rodale Institute's recent Lunch and Learn series, a chance for interns to present topics of interest, Garden Intern Sophie Lattes discussed Aeroponics, a branch of Hydroponics that does not use soil to grow plants.  Aeroponics is particularly attractive for urban environments where people have little outdoor space to grow local food.  (more…)

Rodale Institute Hosts Argentinian Delegates

For several years, Rodale Institute and Organización Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA), a certifying agency for organic agriculture in Argentina, have been organizing a travel program between the U.S. and Argentina. The goal of the program is to exchange innovative research and farming strategies and visit a number farms to experience firsthand a specific agricultural system. Participants from both countries are given the opportunity to share farming experiences and discuss topics of interest among a diversity of farmers, researchers, agricultural engineers, and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Introducing the High Residue Cultivator

Continuous organic no-till is still considered unachievable. However, options for reducing tillage in the mid-Atlantic region have been identified and tried, including: (1) rotating annual grain crops with perennial forages; (2) decreasing depth and degree of soil inversion (e.g. chisel plowing and disking in place of moldboard plow); or (3) no-till planting cash crops into cover crops that are mechanically killed. The latter approach has gained substantial popularity with the development and widespread availability of a relatively inexpensive roller–crimper for mechanically killing and flattening cover crop residue. (more…)