Agriculture Supported Communities


How is Rodale Institute's ASC Program Unique


Like most Farm Shares, the ASC program aims to get local, organic, fresh and nutritious food into the hands of families. But, at Rodale Institute, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on research and education on organic agriculture, we are proud to have two additional priorities in our program.

FARMER TRAINING:

The ASC program is a training ground for future organic farmers. Interns join us for up to 8 months to learn every aspect of starting up, maintaining and running a small organic grower’s business from seed to harvest. At the end of the season, graduates from the program will go back to their communities as Ambassadors of the Rodale Institute with the knowledge to start their own organic businesses, increasing job opportunities and availability of fresh organic produce throughout the country.

HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE FOOD TO FAMILIES WHO NEED IT MOST:

Another goal of the ASC program is to enable families with low access to fresh foods (known as living in a “food desert”) to enjoy healthy, nutritious produce. We do this by operating pick-up sites in food deserts and with partner organizations, offering week-to-week payment, accepting SNAP benefits, and subsidizing shares for families in need.