Farm Photo Friday: May 17, 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!


Garden Intern Clayton has a great view from on top of the 22’ growing dome where he repairs a vent.

USDA researcher Brett Levin is helping Dr. Dave Douds plant Bahia grass in
bags of a compost-vermiculite mixture, with the goal of creating a high-density
mycorrhizal inoculum by propagating the mycorrhizal spores on the roots of the grass.

Eileen Weinsteiger prepares global garden beds for planting.

Garden Intern Britney digs out some good compost to apply to our garden beds.

Andy Dohner rounding up the chickens after moving their pasture grazing area.

Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Interns Erica and Heather working on an herb spiral.

Leighton Morrison of Kingdom Aquaponics, LLC applies a proprietary
compost tea mixture to our lawn. We’ll be comparing turf performance
with and without the mixture over the course of the year.

ASC Intern Chris West hoeing broccoli. We use row covers as well as
hand and mechanical cultivation tools to prevent weeds and disease.


We’re harnessing some of our excess lawn for food production with raised beds.
Aimee Jo Bartholomew spreads a gravel pathway between beds.

April Johnson applies compost to some of our landscape beds.


Our Spring Open House was a grand success, but we’re not yet picked clean! The Garden Store still
has a good selection of organic vegetable plants, herbs and flowers for sale. We also have some new
merchandise: from Beets, Kale and Swiss Chard t-shirts to SkinFare coconut oil moisture sticks to
bud vases carved from real gourds. Stop by Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-4.

Don’t forget: Share the organic love!

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