Farm Photo Friday: May 31, 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!

Slow down and enjoy the ride!

Rodale Institute’s newest additions—the calves, Lewis and Clark

Shumei Natural Agriculture interns gather to brainstorm how to improve
our garden compost. We are making plans, taking temperatures and turning piles.

Interns Jon and Britny are helping lay new mulch in the garden pathways.

A picture of the Shumei Natural Ag production field with hotcaps (used to shield seedlings
from insect damage and can be used to protect against frost) and tomato trellising.

Interesting beetle found on our viburnum in the garden. Do you know what it is?
It’s a Spotted June Beetle, also known as a Grapevine Beetle. They do munch on
the leaves and fruit of wild and cultivated grapevines, but are not a major pest of
grapes and do little damage to them.  Their larvae feed on rotted wood. They are
an important part of our little ecosystem, and a beauty to have around the garden!

A new grazing plan for our Pasture Project.

Black plastic is being laid in our Agriculture Supported Communities fields and ...

... plants are still going in.

Research plots are being prepared for data collection.


April Johnson and Cynthia James model real farm-chic,
coordinating their outfits with the landscape and the machinery!

Starts for the Organic Gardening magazine Test Garden being nurtured in the greenhouse.

A group of visitors toured the farm on Thursday evening complete with a wagon ride and wood fired pizza.

Before you go, don't forget to share the organic love!

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