(Bethlehem, PA, March 29, 2013) – Rodale Institute and Lehigh University are partnering to bring organic education to Bethlehem. Founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, the Rodale Institute is recognized as the birthplace of the organic movement in America. Drawing on this strong history and tradition, Rodale Institute has been a longtime leader in the field of organic farming and is considered by many to be a go-to resource to learn about the latest research and technology in regards to organic production methods.
In collaboration with the School of Education at Lehigh University, Rodale Institute will maintain an organic garden on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. In addition, Rodale Institute staff will conduct six monthly workshops for community members, sharing information about organic gardening. Workshops will be one hour and be free to the public.
“We are excited to work with Lehigh to help them incorporate organic practices on their campus” said Coach Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute’s Executive Director. “It provides us with access to a great space and a new audience with whom we can share our work.”
Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than sixty years, the Institute has been committed to researching the best practices for organic farming and sharing findings with farmers and scientists around the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
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