The Rodale Institute – Farm Shares Program
Rodale Institute is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating people about how organic is the safest, healthiest option for people and the planet. Rodale has a strong community outreach program to educate members of the community and children about the importance of agriculture and organic farming.
Recently, Rodale Institute has become part of the Farm Shares program which allows members of the Easton, Allentown and Bethlehem communities to purchase locally grown produce every week for a set cost of $15-$25 with ‘Access’ funds. While the Farm Shares are being promoted by neighborhood groups to enroll families living in distressed communities, the program is open to anyone. Through a new partnership between the Rodale Institute and Lehigh University, area residents can learn firsthand what organic gardening is all about. From composting to preserving homegrown vegetables, the various workshops are open to the public.
Rodale Institute is one of only a few organizations doing independent agricultural research in the field. They are committed to building healthy soil through organic practices and establishing research projects that gives farmers the tools and knowledge to increase soil health, crop quality and yields while simplifying farm management overall. The research also ensures citizens feel confident the food they feed their families is good for them and for the world around them. Some areas of research include compost, soil health, weed management, pest management, livestock, organic certification, agro-forestry, wastewater treatment, and farming systems.
The Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute was started in 2012 in response to the major health problems that have decimated the honeybee population in North America. Rodale believes that individual honeybee stewards are one of the solutions to this problem. The Conservancy promotes natural and sustainable beekeeping practices through education and outreach programs.
Rodale Institute also employs a Water Purification Eco-Center (WPEC) as a revolutionary on-site wastewater treatment system that captures rainwater and uses it several times before returning it to the soil as clean water.
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