In the Community


Organic Crop Consultant

SUMMARY: The Organic Crop Consultant will assist farmers across Pennsylvania with the transition to organic agriculture practices and the organic certification regulations and processes. The consultant will report to the Executive Director and work with the research department, interpreting and … Continued

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

Future Organic Farmer: Michael Lupaccino

Michael Lupacchino is an Army and Coast Guard veteran with a combined 16 years of service. Lupacchino served four years with the Coast Guard as an electronic technician. After leaving the Coast Guard in 1998, he used his G.I. Bill … 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‚Äôs story with pride through Eight Oaks Distillery. From the origin of the name to most of … Continued

Future Organic Farmer: Billy Vaughan

Billy Vaughan is a retired Marine officer with 21 years of service who began his time as an enlisted Infantryman specializing in demolitions and anti-tank operations. Drawn by the opportunity to challenge himself, Vaughan volunteered and trained to become an … Continued

Meet the Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities program provides organic produce at affordable prices to low-income communities, while training new organic farmers. You can find this year’s farmers-in-training tending the production fields, harvesting and preparing food for members, and distributing food at … Continued