Farm Photo Friday: April 25, 2014


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!

We had visitors from Nazareth High School!  Here is Dr. Gladis Zinati, engaging the next generation, teaching them about compost and soil health!

The students learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  That’s right: Compost is Fun!!!  Don’t believe me?

First of all, good, healthy compost, full of biology, smells absolutely amazing.  Don’t be a doubter, there, Red Shirt.

See?  Sweatshirt Number Eleven likes it.  Everyone wants to smell the compost now!!

All kidding aside, Dr. Zinati delivers the message of just why soil health is so, so important.

Here, Gladis gives the ‘how-to’ instructional talk for composting in your own backyard.  You should try it!

Elsewhere on the farm, it’s time to move the chicken coops!  They’ve spent some time here and now we have well fertilized soil.

Remember the little chicks we had just a few months ago?  Well they’ve grown up (some) and moved out!  Here they are, enjoying a beautiful sunny day.

We hosted a group today from Columbia University.  Not only did they enjoy education from our experts, but they enjoyed some of the best BBQ chicken this side of the Mississippi!  Thanks Mike and Bill for running the grill!

We got tired of farming grass.  The front lawn is now in full swing food production!

“Hey, stop hogging all the drinking water!”

“Drinking water? Get yer snout outta my bath!”

For bath time, some like suds, but hogs like muds.

Zorro is our buck goat, a Nigerian Dwarf Goat, to be specific.  His three lady friends are all very pregnant and due any day now.  Zorro seems a bit nervous about his college tuition bill in twenty years, don’t you think?  It’s going to be alright, Zorro.  It’s going to be alright.

This New Hampshire Red rooster has really been thinking outside of the fence…  It’s cool.  He’s just free rangin’ it.

What,  really, can be said about this shot of Houdini, basking in the sun?  Only that ‘it’s a hog’s life.’

What must it be like to experience a new world from a chicken’s point of view?  ‘Guess that’s a chicken or the egg kinda thing.

Cynthia James, head of the ASC program, gets her team of interns ready to transplant some leeks!

Kathline and Olivia get the tough job of coasting along in the cushioned seats, transplanting leeks.

It’s really not so bad, just a little bouncy.  They plant as many as they can, and then…

Danni, Alex, and John fill in the rest of the spots!  Leeks are officially in the ground.

Slow down!  Pull over!  I think you’ve gotta leek!

Sam is also transplanting.  (Cucumbers!)  Could he be getting ready for our Spring Open House, perhaps?

Our rogue rooster joins the Columbia University students and listens in to learn about the goats from Dr. Karreman’s livestock tour.

Don’t forget… Show your organic love!

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