Interim Research Director
Phone (office): 610-683-1475
Phone (cell): 802-734-5561
Address: 611 Siegfriedale Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530
Arash is an Agroecologist with interests in the field of sustainable agriculture and crop diversification. His professional goal is to promote sustainable agriculture through the implementation of cost-effective changes striving towards holistic and ecologically sound management of crop production.
The projects that Arash conducts contribute to the development of new high-value crops to encourage product diversification and strengthen financial viability of farms. Arash strongly believes that the increased farm income generated from high value crops will improve the quality and sustainability of family farms. Arash joined the Rodale Institute’s research team in 2022 to lead the specialty crops and hemp research projects in regenerative organic agroecosystems. Integrated pest management studies, agrivoltaics and precision agriculture research projects are also conducted by his team at RIPOC through colloboration with other research and education institutes and universities.
Arash has been serving as the Director of Research for Rodale Institute since July 2023. His responsibilities cover the Institute’s headquarters and Pennsylvania campuses, including the Pocono Organic Center, a Rodale Institute Regional Resource Center.