Grants were awarded to farmers with plans to improve organic farming media sources and help local community
(Kutztown, PA, July 16, 2012) – Rodale Institute approved two grant applications at their meeting last month, donating money raised through the Your 2 Cents campaign to two farms. Truckee Community Farm was awarded funding to support start-up costs and additions. Woodleaf Farm was selected to receive a grant to aid in data collection and creation of a website-based media presence project for organic farming practices.
Truckee Community Farm in Truckee, California will be using their award to continue improving their greenhouse project by adding features such as an aquaponics system, compost area and cold frame raised beds for year-round growing. Currently, brothers Bill and Kevin Kelly are operating an 880 square foot geodesic grow dome on their 20-acre property and all materials are self-funded. “We want to create a community space and have the farm be a demonstration area for others,” said Susie Sutphin, Program and Farm Manager.
Helen Atthowe, Project Coordinator for Woodleaf Farm in Oroville, California, says she plans to “look at farms that have been farming organically for 20+ years, study their records to write case studies, and then bring all the farmers together to write stories for eOrganic. That’s what Rodale Institute will be a part of – managing those interrelationships organically.” eOrganic, the organic agriculture resource area within eXtension, will provide an easy access and one-stop site for biological organic vegetable production systems information. Practice-based, research-supported information from Carl Rosato’s Woodleaf Farm, a 30 year successful organic vegetable farm, will give other organic farmers credible NOP compliant sources on systems approaches for soil and pest management.
The Your 2 Cents program unites consumers and companies in support of the next generation of American farmers while raising funds to support scholarships for students of sustainable agriculture, military veterans establishing careers in organic farming, new organic farmers, and grants for on-farm research.
Companies participate by donating two pennies per case good sold to the Your 2 Cents fund, which is governed by an advisory board consisting of representatives from Rodale Institute and the corporate partners. The advisory board reviews applications quarterly and allots funds for the education, training and establishment of new organic farmers who will feed America sustainably in coming generations. Rodale Institute’s Your 2 Cents partners include: Uncle Matt’s Organic, Nature’s Path, New Chapter, Natural By Nature, Maple Hill Creamery, Brad’s Raw Foods, EcoTulips, shopOrganic.com, FarmOrganix, DeLoach, Arnicare, FarmOrganix, Peace Tree Farm, Kimberton Whole Foods, Moyer Plumbing Heating and Cooling, and Viking Pure.
Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than sixty-years, the Institute has been committed to researching the best practices for organic farming and sharing findings with farmers and scientists around the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
More details are online at www.rodaleinstitute.org/your2cents
CONTACT: Megan Kintzer
Director of Communications and Development