Meet the veterans working at Rodale Institute this summer to gain more knowledge in organic agriculture.
veteran farmer training program
In early May, veterans participating in Rodale Institute’s Veteran Farmer Training Program visited the Institute’s Working Tree Center (WTC) in Allentown, Pennsylvania and worked alongside resident beekeeper Mike Schmaeling. Mike has been a part of Rodale Institute’s honeybee conservancy program … Continued
During the first week of their summer semester at Rodale Institute, students in the Organic Farming Certification Program participated in tractor training alongside veterans in the Veteran Farmer Training Program. The two-day course was presented by Bob Brown and Mike … Continued
Brandin Pinion is an Army veteran and our newest participant in the Veteran Farmer Training Program (VFTP) at Rodale Institute. Brandin grew up in McMinnville, Oregon where he would often help on his family farm. He then enlisted in the … Continued
Wyebrook Farm, located in Honey Brook, PA, is a dream come true for owner Dean Carlson. Having worked in finance for 15+ years he was often perpetuating the concept that we must always want more. After a while though, he … Continued
In addition to learning about the many aspects of beekeeping from Michael Schmaeling, Resident Beekeeper at Rodale Institute, students also visited a local production level apiary. Herman’s Honeycomb, Danenhower Apiaries was started in 1972 by Herman Danenhower. The process of using … Continued
Two Gander Farm is a family operated farm run by a wife and husband – Deirdre and Trey Flemming. They farm 10 acres of vegetables, fruits, flowers and bees, in Downingtown PA, within 260-acres that are owned and managed by … Continued
Corio Bruestle is a Marine from West Lawn, PA. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2007 and spent four years as a TV/Radio broadcaster. His first year was spent studying at the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade and … Continued
Larry Byers has always been interested in the environment and organic agriculture. Since he was a young boy, Larry’s father was always spending time with him in the woods, tending to the family’s an organic garden and teaching him the … Continued
Organic Farming Certificate Program Delaware Valley University students and Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program participants visited local farms to learn more about how their operations, adding to what Rodale Institute has already taught them.