Each year, Rodale Institute recognizes three outstanding individuals—a farmer, a scientist, and a business person—for their innovations and commitment to the organic industry.

The Organic Pioneer Awards fundraising dinner is an inspiring opportunity to celebrate just how far the organic movement has come and to look forward to its bright future. Join us!

September 12, 2020

611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530

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2019 Award Winners

Jennifer Taylor, Ph.D.,
Lola’s Organic Farm

Owner of Lola’s Organic Farm and Associate Professor, coordinator of Small Farm Programs/Sustainable Agriculture Systems at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Philip Landrigan, M.D., MSc.,
Boston College

Pediatrician, public health physician, and epidemiologist, specializing in the health of children and the effect of toxic chemicals on their brains and nervous systems.

Governor Tom Wolf,

Current Pennsylvania governor, working to strengthen the state’s agriculture industry as well as make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will be accepting on Governor Wolf’s behalf.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Zach Bush, M.D.

A triple board-certified physician, his basic science and clinical research over the last 17 years has moved from chemotherapy development to the role of the microbiome in human health. Zach recognizes the vital role of regenerative organic agriculture in treating and reversing disease, and launched a global education campaign called Farmer’s Footprint that brings consumer and corporate support to farmers prepared to transition from chemical farming to regenerative agriculture.

Evening Programming: 6–9PM

  • Cocktail hour on the farm with a sunset wagon ride and champagne toast
  • An elegant dinner, held in our historic bank barn, made with organic ingredients sourced directly from our farm
  • Firsthand reflections from the Organic Pioneers on the past, present, and future of the organic movement


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Optional Daytime Programming: 10AM–2PM

  • Tour the farm in a small group setting with our expert staff members and get a glimpse into our cutting-edge research
  • Enjoy an al fresco lunch alongside the Organic Pioneer awardees
  • Visit our hogs and see inside our beehives as you experience our working research farm


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Ticket Details

Tickets are available for groups, couples, and individuals with the option to purchase passes for both programs or just one.

For those who can’t attend—or anyone who wishes to extend a personal note to the awardees—you can purchase and customize a “tribute” note to be included in the evening program.

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For more information or to partner today, please contact Annie Brown at Annie.Brown@RodaleInstitute.org or 303-241-0282.

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