You’re invited! Join Rodale Institute in-person for the sixth annual gathering of the J.I. Rodale Leadership Society.


The Leadership Society is made up of supporters like you who know we can harness the power of regenerative organic agriculture to heal the planet and transform lives. We are excited to celebrate your commitment to a regenerative organic future while celebrating the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage of our region.

Drawing upon our ancestral roots we will be hosting a Fersommling [fur-SOMM-ling]: a Pennsylvania Dutch social event that has been celebrated for hundreds of years in the very valley where Rodale Institute’s headquarters is located. A Fersommling is a community gathering in which traditional food is served, inspiring and educational speeches are made, and entertainment is performed.

The Fersommling is a complimentary event for you, our valued Leadership Society members. See below for more information and instructions to RSVP.

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The event will include:

Cocktails from a complimentary open bar

Hors d'oeuvres and music in our garden

A tractor-drawn wagon tour of our 386-acre organic farm

A series of small plates of locally sourced, organic foods

Speeches and open Q&A with our scientists and farmers

A bonfire to round out the night!


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Have an unanswered question?

For more information about this year's J.I. Rodale Leadership Society gathering, please contact Annie Brown, Vice President of Development, at