Rodale Institute


Siegfriend Farm 300+ acres.  Ardath (DIL of J. Rodale) bought it.  Rodles were rich – parts for electric companies (?).  Here since 1971. All organic except comparing organic and synthetic.  Organic sequesters more carbon.
Photo of Jake and WHO?
Ceo – PD in deep psychlogy – GET INTERVIEW
Demonstrations of 3 things: organic, biointensive, and natural ag (japanese) – I hve photos.

Hydroponics with no soil – it's a joke!
Two main foci of their research – corn and soy. – organic production of them is higher, esp in droughts.
Conventional soil has 1-2 percent norganic matter.  Rodales – 5 percent.  Going from 1-5 percent (is this right?) incrases water retention by 6fold. 
For developing world – tremendous implications.
They're doing a project in Mali
Greenhouse gas and famine prevention and nutrition – all helped/solved by these techniques!!
Healthy soil, food and people – and recently added "planet".
Best way to incrase organic matter – cover-cropping.  "Organic no-till" means rolling in cover crop.
1,000 pounds of carbon sequestered more with cover crop – per acre??  3,000 pounds with compost.
They agree – avoid peat.  They like coir and compost. 
Change in food policy will be consumer-driven.
3 bastions of health are food, exercise and faith.  G'ing provides all.
Farmers switching?  Growth of organic demand is 20 percent a year. Supp;ky 8 percent – what does that mean?

RODALE OPUBLISHING:  From Kristin: recommends contactnig – cnn anderson cooper person.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

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Photo by Stephen Brown.