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Annual Rodale Institute Organic Field Day Moved Online

By Rodale Institute

Jun 23, 2020

The Institute will hold its yearly organic education event virtually July 13-17 with on-demand video presentations and live Q&A sessions with researchers and farmers

In response to coronavirus guidelines in the state of Pennsylvania, Rodale Institute, the global leader in regenerative organic agriculture, will hold its Annual Organic Field Day virtually in 2020.

Typically an event that includes wagon tours of its 333-acre Kutztown headquarters and presentations from Rodale Institute research trials, the 2020 event will take place virtually July 13—17, widening access to people all over the world. Registrants will be able to access more than 15 pre-recorded, in-field video presentations at their convenience, as well as attend live Q&A sessions with the experts, to be scheduled at various times throughout the week.

Registration cost is $25. Interested participants can register at RodaleInstitute.org/FieldDay.

Presentations include topics such as:

  • The principles of regenerative organic agriculture
  • Organic no-till & cover crops
  • Organic apple orchards
  • Treatment-free beekeeping
  • Rodale Institute research trials such as the Farming Systems Trial and Vegetable Systems Trial
  • Industrial hemp
  • Pollinator habitats
  • Composting
  • And much more!

Previous Organic Field Days saw more than 400 visitors to the Rodale Institute farm, including some international attendees. This year, anyone in the world can learn about the research of Rodale Institute firsthand—at their convenience.

“While we love each year to welcome our organic community to the farm in Kutztown, we are excited about the opportunity to make our research available to an audience across the globe in 2020,” said Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute CEO. “Rodale Institute is committed to upholding the standards of education and research that we have provided to the agriculture community for over 70 years, and this new virtual format allows us to build on that commitment in new and innovative ways.”

Those who register for the event will receive login instructions via email prior to July 13th. During that week, the credentials provided will allow access to over 15 video presentations. The videos can be viewed all at once or individually and can be replayed over the course of the week. Presentations range from 15-20 minutes long.

A schedule for the live Q&A video sessions with the experts will be announced prior to the event.

In addition to its Organic Field Day, Rodale Institute has migrated many of its traditionally in-person workshops to a webinar format. Previous topics have included Organic Gardening 101, Compost Like a Pro, and Vermicomposting for a Bountiful Garden. Register for webinars and view previous recordings at RodaleInstitute.org/webinars.  

While Field Day will be held virtually, Rodale Institute’s headquarters in Kutztown, PA re-opened to the public on Friday, June 5th. Guests are encouraged to take a self-guided walking/audio tour of the property to supplement their Field Day education, adhering to all posted social distancing guidelines. Additionally, the Rodale Institute Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.  

For more information and to register for Rodale Institute’s Organic Field Day, visit RodaleInstiture.org/FieldDay.

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