Farm Photo Friday : May 9, 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!

You may be saying to yourself, “Hey!  The teaser photo had a baby goat.  Where are the kids?”  Please hold your horses and ponder this question: What are the three most important things about organic farming?

#1: Compost

#2: Compost

And #3: Compost!  Peek through the compost turner and you’ll see that Rick Carr’s feeling triumphant.  Way to go on the compost, Rick!  Join Rick for our Vermicomposting class on Saturday May 17!

OK, now for what you have all been waiting for…  Very cute BABY GOATS!  Meet Clover, shown here with mama, Iris, and proud papa, Zorro.  Isn’t she sweet?

And hiding on the other side of mama Iris is Alfalfa, Clover’s brother!

On her first day, Clover is already feeling at home, smiling for the camera.

Iris and Alfalfa – can you see the resemblance?  Alfalfa may end up looking like his dad!

Since these Nigerian Dwarf Goats are already a very small breed of goat, even at adult size, these kids are very teeny tiny.

Alfalfa is a very smiley guy as well!

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager, takes special care of all of our furry farm friends (also feathered).

Time for breakfast, Alfalfa!

Kate Harms, Volunteer Coordinator and Strategic Solutions Team member, with baby Clover!

Farmer Lynn Trizna gets her turn with the cuteness.

Goats are great climbers.  Many  can easily climb mountains, so watch out, they can definitely climb a farmer!

We have a lot of work to do today – it’s the Spring Open House!  So we get ready to say goodbye for now.

“But hey, what about me?”   Poor Marigold!  She’s only about 5 days older than the other kids and she’s already a bit jealous of the attention.  So here is a beautiful photo of Marigold.  Don’t you just love her ‘black boots?’

Ah, a beautiful morning for the Spring Open House!  Are you coming to get your plants for your garden today or tomorrow?

Sam gives one more watering before our guests begin to arrive.  Don’t miss it!

In addition to our famous plant sale, we will have a bunch of cool vendors offering lunch foods, crafts and more.  It’s going to be awesome!

Reach, Sam, Reach!

These Verbena flowers smell amazing!  Inside the pavilion there are more plants for sale.

And next to the pavilion, there are even more plants for sale.

Did we mention that we have plants for sale?  Certified organic, every single one of them, at fantastic prices.  Today and tomorrow only.  It’s not too late, so come on down!

Don’t forget… Show your organic love!

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