Yesterday, December 5, 2016, was World Soils Day! Each year, people around the world celebrate the most precious resource – the difference between life and lifelessness.
During the month of October, Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge (PGC) features 30 days of environmentally-themed challenges, providing high school and college students with mentorship, advocacy, and leadership skills.
Nutrient Density Comparison Between Organic and Conventionally Grown Oats By Marisa Wagner and Emmanuel Omondi (Ph.D.) The Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agriculture. FST was established in 1981 … Continued
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded a $14,991 grant to Rodale Institute. Requested by Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute Associate Research Scientist, this grant will fund the project “Field Evaluation of Designed Compost Extracts for Organic Weed Suppression” beginning … Continued
Soil-borne seed infecting pathogens are a serious constraint to greenhouse and field production systems of many agricultural crops, particularly where direct seeding is practiced. Conventional farming operations often use fumigants and chemical seed treatments for controlling plant pathogens. However, these … Continued
Originally published on October 10, 2012 By guest blogger Pooja Mottl What if someone told you “dirt” and “pregnancy” are intimately connected? Would you believe it? Consider this: The health of “dirt” (a.k.a. soil) could have a significant impact not … Continued
By Gladis Zinati, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist Compost is a typical nutrient amendment used in small-scale agriculture, while large scale, mono-crop agriculture often is dependent on synthetic N-P-K fertilizers. Dan Hunsicker, a non-organic corn grower in Berks County, Pennsylvania, grows continuous corn … Continued
By Coach Mark Smallwood Follow Coach’s blogs posts at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen and EcoWatch Americans have a serious spending problem. Our nation is $17.5 trillion in debt; we finance new homes, cars, and educations pretty much as a rule; … Continued
By Coach Mark Smallwood Follow Coach’s blogs posts at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen and EcoWatch This Earth Day we have a global community in crisis. A terrifying climate trend that has the American people…yawning? A recent poll shows people nearly … Continued
(Kutztown, PA) Today Rodale Institute announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign will … Continued