Organic Pioneer Awards

You’re invited! On September 8th, join us for the 8thannual Organic Pioneer Awards Fundraising Dinner, a celebration of changemakers in the organic industry. Each year we honor three individuals—a farmer, a scientist, and a businessperson— who have significantly impacted the organic movement with their work. It’s an inspiring opportunity to celebrate the power of regenerative organic agriculture, and we hope to see you there!

What? A full day of celebrations starting with an afternoon tour of Rodale Institute and an alfresco lunch. Explore the farm in a small group setting with our expert staff members and get a glimpse into our cutting-edge research.Later, enjoy an elegant dinner sourced straight from the farm. Purchase tickets for both programs or attend just one. For the dinner portion, we’ll gather in our historic bank barn for a delicious meal and hear directly from this year’s awardees as they reflect on their accomplishments and the past, present, and future of the organic movement.

Where? Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530

When? September 8, 2018, 6-9PM EST

Who? The 2018 Organic Pioneers are:

Farmer Award Recipient
Mas Masumoto

Farmer: A third-generation farmer, Mas Masumoto grows organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80-acre farm south of Fresno, California. He is the award-winning author of eleven books, including Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, and Changing Season. In 2013, President Obama appointed Masumoto to the National Council on the Arts.

Scientist Award Recipient
William Liebhardt

Scientist: William Liebhardt, a soil scientist who has dedicated himself to better understanding different farming systems and their impact on soil fertility, is a former Director of Research at Rodale Institute and the former director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at the University of California, Davis.

Business Award Recipient
Arran Stephens

Business: As the founder and co-CEO of Nature’s Path, Arran Stephenshas helped shepherd the growth of the organic movement for more than fifty years. Nature’s Path utilizes 5,500 acres of regenerative farmland, has earned Zero Waste Certification for all three of its factories, and continues to advocate for agricultural practices that go beyond USDA Certified Organic.

How? Tickets are available for groups, couples, and individuals with the option to purchase passes for both the daytime and evening portions or just one. For those who can’t attend—or anyone who wishes to extend a personal note to this year’s awardees—purchase and customize a “tribute” note to be included in the evening program.

Why? Perhaps Arran Stephens said it best: Because “organic agriculture is about more than abstaining from chemicals; it’s about improving the soil in order to leave this planet better than we found it—for all generations to come.” Please join us and other supporters of the movement as we celebrate everything we’ve achieved and toast to the work of these outstanding individuals.

Daytime Programming: We know that for many, the true appeal of Rodale Institute is our stunning educational campus, and learning more about our research. For those who have more time, we invite you to join in additional daytime programming. Learn more about the Daytime Programming.


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