You’re invited! Join Rodale Institute in-person for the fourth 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. This year, we’re excited to celebrate your commitment to a regenerative organic future with with a new format that allows us to gather in small, socially-distant groups while celebrating the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage of our region.

This year, we will draw upon our ancestral roots by hosting Fersommlinge [fur-SOMM-ling-guh]: a series of Pennsylvania Dutch social events that has been celebrated for hundreds of years in the very valley where Rodale Institute’s headquarters is located. Fersommlinge are community gatherings in which traditional food is served, inspiring and educational speeches are made, and entertainment is performed.

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

Renew your Leadership Society Membership

Save the Date!

In an effort to keep groups small, we are offering four different date options to choose from. On each, we will host a small gathering of J.I. Rodale Leadership Society members on our farm for a tour, a series of locally sourced organic small plates, a bonfire, and a chance to connect with the community you’ve built through your support. Dates include:

  • Thursday, June 10
  • Thursday, July 8
  • Thursday, August 12
  • Thursday, October 7

Each event will include:

Cocktails from a complimentary open bar

Hors d'oeuvres and music in our garden

A tractor-drawn wagon tour of our 333-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!


Please choose one of the dates below, and you will be redirected to a registration form. Space for each date is limited, so RSVP at your earliest convenience to save your place. This is a free event. Thank you!

June 10    •    July 8   •    August 12    •    October 7

Have an unanswered question?

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