Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. The Specialty Crop Symposium will be rescheduled for a later date. Please stay tuned for more details. 

Specialty Crop Symposium

Tuesday, March 28
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.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 28
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. Menu includes:

  • Salad
  • Paella (Chicken & Vegetarian Options)
  • Brownie & Blondie Platter
  • Coffee & Hot Tea
  • Iced Ginseng Tea

*Please indicate your food preferences in your registration.

Featured Speakers

Margaret Skinner, Ph.D.

Professor, UVM, Burlington, VT

Agrin Davari, Ph.D.

IPM Program Developer, Plant Products

Dr. Gladis Zinati

Director, Vegetable Systems Trial, Rodale Institute

Dinesh Panday, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rodale Institute

Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, Ph.D.

Research Director, Rodale Institute

Eric Burkhart, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor, Penn State, PA

Tim Wilson

Agricultural Director, Pocono Organics

Chris Belluzzi

Senior Director of Operations, Pocono Organics

Wayne M. Jurick II, Ph.D.

Lead Scientist and Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

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