Farm Photo Friday: June 21, 2013

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!

Capturing a swarm of honeybees from one our trees.


April gathers flowers in the garden in preparation for a wedding at the farm.


The farm in her wedding finery.


Rolling cover crops (rye and hairy vetch), planting, and applying organic fertilizer in one step for our nutrient
management research
(left). Corn seed planted in the groove cut by the high cultivator during planting (right).


Cover crop biomass collected in a number of small plots allows us to effectively
extrapolate growth across a larger area (left). Dr. Zinati sorts the cover crop biomass to
determine the amount of cover crops and weeds growing at a particular time.

Learning and mentoring is a constant at Rodale Institute. We held a
compost-making class for the Shumei Natural Agriculture garden interns…

…a soil sampling instructional for the Delaware Valley College (DelVal)
Veteran Organic Farming program students and…



…a hands-on training session for laying down plastic mulch for both the research interns and the DelVal students.

Eileen walks through the beautiful herb garden in preparation for the Medicinal Gardens workshop last Saturday.


Eileen begins the Medicianl Gardens workshop with a table full of examples of dried herbs, fresh
herbs, salves, oils, and infusions, and different methods of drying herbs and making preparations.

Attendees line up to sample herb kombucha.

Eileen leads a walk through our gardens pointing out great
medicinal herbs and explaining how they can be used.

Jonathan sets up another garden rain barrel so we can use what we catch to water the plants.

Berks Best Kept Secrets Tour goers enjoy food tasting as well as fun, games, and discounts
at our Garden Store. Our store hours are extended during the tour which runs until June 29
and we'll be open Monday-Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00.

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