Farm Photo Friday: May 10, 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!

Aimee Jo Bartholomew and Shawn Kidd fool around with the cameras.

The Honeybee Conservancy apiary opening took place last
weekend where members and staff installed bees into 14 hives.

The farm also hosted its first Book Club meeting and treated
members to lemon poppy seed scones with blueberry preserves.

James Pinner making a happy brew of microbes in a batch of compost extract.

Don Jantzi examining apple blossoms in our orchard to estimate fruit set
for the year and calculate the best time to apply clay-based insect protection.

Dr. Gladis Zinati and Christine Ziegler-Ulsh check
on one of our brown marmorated stink bug traps.

Owen Maguire repairing the plow for spring tillage.

The EcoTulips are in full bloom in beds across the farm, but the warm
weather means they don't have much longer. Come on out and
pick your own bouquet! Just $1 per stem for organic flowers.

Rita Seidel takes biomass cuts from the Farming Systems Trial to
calculate how much plant material is growing in a particular field.

Jeff Moyer instructs Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC)
intern Sam Moll on driving tractors and hooking up implements.

ASC interns Heather Smith, Erica Parker and Chris West also took tractor lessons from Jeff.

Volunteers and staff work in installing a 33-foot Growing Dome as part of the Shumei Natural Agriculture project. Farmer Kenji Ban (far right) is joined the Institute this year to expand the Shumei Natural homestead-sized garden with a production growing component.

A batch of new chicks is keeping everyone entertained.


Our Store opened this morning for our Spring Open House and plant sale.
A few early birds got first pick, but the event will be taking place through Saturday,
May 11 at 5:00 pm if you want to swing by and pick up organic plants or other supplies.

This little guy was discovered on one of our dry erase
boards here. A good reminder to share the organic love!

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