veteran farmer training program


Organic Livestock Class

Shelby Dukes, Animal Husbandry Coordinator at Rodale Institute, educated the class on both organic chicken and organic hog production. The group learned the process of raising chickens for eggs and how to humanely raise organic pork. These classes helped the … Continued

Continuing Land Stewardship; Farming on Conservation Land

The Organic Farming Certificate Program and the Veteran Farmer Training Program recently visited 2 Gander Farm, located in Downingtown, Pa. 2 Gander Farm is operated by husband/wife team Trey and Deirdre Flemming. The 10-acre farm holds a bounty of vegetables, … Continued

From Grain to Glass: Students and Veterans Tour Local Farm to Distillery

Students and veterans visited 8 Oaks Distillery in New Tripoli PA, a veteran run distillery. Chad Butters, owner and Army veteran, tells his family’s story with pride through Eight Oaks Distillery. From the origin of the name to most of … Continued

Organic Beekeeping and Veterans: Make for a Busy Day!

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

Veterans and Students Receive Tractor Training

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

DelVal Students & Veterans Visit Local Farm

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

DelVal Students & Veterans Visit Local Farm

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