Basic Organic Gardening Methods
Rodale Institute's Demonstration Gardens
Rodale Institute's Demonstration Gardens were established in 1974 to show basic organic gardening methods. Our focus is to regenerate and maintain soil health without the use of harmful chemicals. Healthy soil is the foundation for human and environmental health, and when you see the beauty and health of the plants in our Gardens, it’s easy to understand the connection between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people.
We have three distinct growing areas:
Cut Flower & Pollinator Garden
Also in our Demonstration Garden, we have a green roof of succulents on top of the garden's building. This is one more example of where you can grow plants. Green roofs reduce energy use and reduce air and water pollution, also providing habitat for wildlife.
Also on our farm are vertical gardens. Recent interests in food production in urban environments have prompted a re-evaluation of soil safety, economic incentives, and the best practices for urban gardening and agriculture. Urban gardening and recreational areas are constrained by space and resources. In locations where there is limited room for raised beds or box plots, vertical gardening becomes an attractive alternative. The Rodale Institute has designed a number of prototypes for vertical gardening called “Growing Towers” and has installed them in the cities of Allentown and Philadelphia, PA.
From starting an organic garden to making herbal preparations from plants growing in your backyard, we teach a multitude of topics to help you live a cleaner and healthier life. Check our Calendar of Events for classes and workshops that may be of interest to you!