organic farming

New opportunities for organic and biodynamic farming

On August 1, 2013, experts in organic and biodynamic agriculture from Demeter USA, North Carolina State University, Brad’s Raw Chips and Rodale Institute will be presenting on growing Biodynamically in Mills River, North Carolina. Catch our own executive director Coach … Continued

ASC Intern Journal: Early Summer, 2013

Rodale Institute’s ASC program is also an educational program for a select few each year who want to learn how to develop their own organic grower’s business through both hands-on and classroom training. This year we have a great group of … Continued

Nutrient management in organic no-till systems

by Dr. Gladis Zinati No-till management is generally recognized for its potential to improve soil quality, significantly reduce runoff and erosion, sequester atmospheric CO2, increase nitrogen conservation, as well as reduce  machinery, labor and fuel costs. However conventional no-till relies … Continued

Time to change the food safety debate

By Roland McReynolds, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Executive Director The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed rules to govern the production of raw produce and the processing of most value-added foods on January 4, 2013. FDA issued these … Continued

Training in organic farming for vets and non-vets alike

By Pamela Macey Delaware Valley College (Del Val) and Rodale Institute have created a 36-credit certificate program open to anyone interested in organic agriculture. The one-year curriculum will combine classroom courses on animal science, marketing, vegetable production, organic crop science, entomology, … Continued

Made in the USA: Organic cotton

By Victoria Bouloubasis With chickens grazing by his feet, Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, lifts a branch of organic cotton just plucked from the backyard garden of his T-shirt printing business. As if picked from the sky, the puffs … Continued

Not all compost is created equal

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at Just as the statement “milk is milk” is patently not true, so is the idea that all compost is created equal. Dictionaries and encyclopedias simply define compost as “rotted organic matter made … Continued