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Rodale Institute Names Jeff Tkach Chief Growth Officer

Rodale Institute today announced that Jeff Tkach has been named chief growth officer, effective July 1. In this newly created role, Tkach will lead a comprehensive development program that includes marketing and communications in addition to fundraising initiatives. He will report to Executive Director Jeff Moyer. (more…)

Inaugural Planting of Vegetable Systems Trial

In 2016, Rodale Institute initiated the Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), a long-term side-by-side comparison of biologically-based organic and chemically-based conventional vegetable production systems.The goal for this project is to develop economically viable vegetable production systems which improve soil, plant, human and planetary health through the application of regenerative organic management techniques. (more…)

Undercover Crops

This article originally ran in the spring issue of New Farm Magazine, the magazine of Organic Farmers Association. All OFA members receive a complimentary issue of New Farm twice per year. Click here to sign up!

The hoop house is your secret weapon to extending the growing season, reducing pest and weed pressures, improving water management, and more.
by Melissa Pasanen (more…)

New Farmers: Luke and Alison Howard

This article originally ran in the spring issue of New Farm Magazine, the magazine of Organic Farmers Association. All OFA members receive a complimentary issue of New Farm twice per year. Click here to sign up!

Homestead Farms, Millington, Maryland
First year farming: 2002
Organic certification: 2005
Farm size: 400 acres certified organic, 200 transitioning
Products: Vegetables, grain, poultry (more…)

Using Flowers as Natural Pest Control for Organic Vegetable Production

Spring has sprung here at Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Trees are blooming, weeds are growing, and insects and pests are coming out of overwintering sites. Organic growers are getting busy seeding vegetables in the greenhouse and preparing production sites. At this time of the year, we start seeding cucurbit plants in the greenhouse that soon will be transplanted into the fields in late May.  One major pest that impacts cucurbits is the striped cucumber beetle that feeds on all plant parts leaving scars and making the produce less marketable. The beetle also is a carrier for the bacterium (Erwinia tracheiphila) which causes plants to wilt and eventually die within two weeks. (more…)

Landscape Laborer (Seasonal, Part-Time)

Job Description: The Landscape Laborer will work seasonal part-time hours assisting with landscaping duties. The Landscape Laborer will report directly to the Farm Director and will work together with other team members to be sure all tasks, projects and maintenance needs are handled in a timely, professional, and efficient manner. (more…)