Specialty Crop Symposium

Wednesday, August 23
8:30 AM – 4 PM, ET
Rodale Institute Pocono Organic Center

Rodale Institute invites growers, researchers, and students to join us for a day-long Specialty Crop Symposium, featuring presentations on organic specialty crop production in a variety of agroecosystems in the Northeast region of the United States.

The program will include tours of the Pocono Organic Center research projects, presentations by leading speakers from Rodale Institute, University of Vermont, and Penn State on topics such as saffron, CBD, fiber hemp, and ginseng, as well as discussions about integrated pest management and UV-Light treatment. Q+A with speakers will be included after every presentation. Lunch is included.


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Event Details

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Location: Rodale Institute Pocono Organic Center, 1015 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA 18610
Cost: $75/person


Lunch will be provided by the Pocono Organics Cafe led by Chopped Champion Executive Chef Lindsay McClain, and will feature some of the specialty crops discussed during the symposium, including saffron and ginseng.

*Please indicate your food preferences in your registration.

Featured Speakers

Leigh Archer, Ph.D.

Perennial Systems Scientist, Rodale Institute

Chris Belluzzi

Senior Director of Operations, Pocono Organics

Eric Burkhart, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor, Penn State, PA

Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, Ph.D.

Research Director, Rodale Institute

Dinesh Panday, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rodale Institute

Margaret Skinner, Ph.D.

Professor, UVM, Burlington, VT

Andrew Smith, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer, Rodale Institute

Ashley Walsh

President of Pocono Organics

Tim Wilson

Agricultural Director, Pocono Organics

Gladis Zinati, Ph.D.

Director, Vegetable Systems Trial, Rodale Institute

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