Rodale Institute to hold organic field day on July 22 in PA


July 6, 2022 (KUTZTOWN, Pa.)—Rodale Institute, the nonprofit dedicated to growing the organic movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and consumer education, is holding its annual Organic Field Day at their main campus in Kutztown, Pennsylvania on July 22, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


Farmers and community members are invited to join Rodale Institute’s researchers, consultants, and staff to learn the latest results of their research projects and visit 16 stations on the 386-acre experimental farm. Participants will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Rodale Institute experts and learn about a wide variety of research and demonstration projects, all focused on regenerative organic agriculture.


“At Rodale Institute, we pride ourselves on our commitment to farmer and consumer education,” said Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute CEO. “Field Day is our biggest event of the year, and our guests can look forward to a wide range of exciting and engaging presentations that will inspire them to change their operations and grow the regenerative organic movement on their own farms, and in their communities.”


State Senator Judy Schwank, Democratic chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, will hold a press conference at 12:30 PM to highlight Rodale Institute’s 75th anniversary and the forthcoming science center building project. Rodale Institute is excited to be awarded $3 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project grant funding for the 11th district which will go towards a new Science Center to replace the existing lab and provide the surrounding communities with a state-of-the-art research facility. This investment will support Rodale Institute in their work towards a more sustainable food system as well as mitigating climate change.


During Field Day, stations will be set up throughout the farm, so visitors will have the opportunity to explore the living laboratory by walking or enjoying a leisurely wagon ride from site-to-site. The stations will include:


Organic No-Till Farm Management

Farming Systems Trial

Vegetable Systems Trial

Organic Consulting

Pastured Hog Production

Beekeeping

Industrial Hemp Production

Soil & Water Quality

Composting

Organic Apple Orchard

Ultraviolet Light Use in Agriculture

Rodale Institute Farmer Training Program

Medicinal Garden

Pennsylvania Certified Organic

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Bell & Evans U.S. Grain Initiative


The cost of attendance will be $25. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, and there will be food on-site available for purchase. Attendees should dress appropriately for a day out on the farm with closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and a water bottle. The Field Day will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road Kutztown, PA 19530 United States. Guests can register at rodaleinstitute.org/events/2022-organic-field-day.


Before the Organic Field Day, on July 21, Rodale Institute and Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) will be hosting a soil health workshop, from 9 AM to 4 PM at Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road Kutztown, PA 19530. At this workshop, ag advisors and professionals will look at the practical tools available for improving soil health in organic field crop systems and how they can help their farmer clients assess the health of their soils. Guests can register at rodaleinstitute.org/events/building-soil-health-on-organic-farms-a-workshop-for-ag-advisors-by-oats


For anyone not able to travel to Kutztown, Rodale Institute is again offering a Virtual Field Day option through the Virtual Campus. The Virtual Field Day will include on-demand, view-at-your-own-pace video content featuring our research trails and farm projects. Interested participants can register now for access. The cost for the Virtual Field Day is $25.

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