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Progressive Businessman Brings Organics—and Prosperity—to Farmers in India

People often say it takes a village to raise a child. But as Rodale Institute’s executive director Jeff Moyer learned on a recent trip to India, sometimes it takes a special individual to raise a village.

While in New Delhi attending the 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM-Organics International, Moyer had the unique opportunity to meet with Sudheer Mudar, a forward-thinking entrepreneur who is using his organic essential oils export business, Mudar India Exports, to transform poor farming communities in the region. And as Moyer and his travel companions—Tom Harding of The Brice Institute in Wind Gap, Pa., and Pedro Landa, director of OIA in Argentina—discovered during the course of the visit, it all began with a transition to organic. (more…)

Rodale Institute’s Exchange Program with Argentina

For the last six years Rodale Institute and OIA, a certifying body for organic agriculture in Argentina, have been participating in an exchange program. With high-hopes to share research, agricultural practices, farming experiences, and more importantly, build new relationships between the two countries, the continuing support organic farmers give each other, can promote organic agriculture on a global level. (more…)

Organic Farmers Association Urges Implementation of Animal Welfare Rules

The Organic Farmers Association calls on the USDA to implement the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) without delay. The OLPP or "animal welfare" rule would allow the National Organic Program to consistently enforce stronger animal welfare standards on organic farms and remove loopholes being taken advantage of by some large operations. (more…)

Rodale Institute Announces Funding to Implement Farmers Markets in Urban Neighborhoods

Low income, food insecure and urban neighborhoods struggle to gain access to organic and locally grown foods on a daily basis, while over all health in these areas seems to be dropping. Steps can now start being made as Grant Management Specialist Earlene Henderson-Samuels of the USDA announced that a $200,000 grant has been issued to Rodale Institute to fund the Farmers Market Promotion Program. (more…)

Part-Time, Seasonal Farmers Market Coordinator

Duration: March 1- October 31, 2018 (25 hours/average week for 36 weeks). Single season opportunity which may be extended for up to 3 seasons (through 2020) based on first year performance and supervisor’s recommendation. Includes evening and weekend hours.

Compensation: $12/hour. No benefits.

Summary: Rodale Institute is seeking a motivated, organized, and customer service-oriented individual as part-time seasonal support for our farmers markets and Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) farm share program. The position will manage seasonal staff and market operations on location at the weekly markets in Allentown, PA. Market Coordinator will assist with promotion and coordination of program activities with vendors and partner organizations. The goal of the position is to promote, support and boost sales opportunities for local organic farming enterprises in the region while enhancing access to local, organic foods for low-income and low-access neighborhoods. (more…)