In response to Pennsylvania coronavirus guidelines, Rodale Institute, the regenerative organic agriculture nonprofit based in Maxatawny Township, will hold its annual Organic Field Day virtually this year.
Typically an event that includes wagon tours of its 333-acre headquarters and presentations from Rodale Institute research trials, this year’s event will take place virtually July 13—17. That enables the event to be accessed by people all over the world. Registrants will be able to access more than 15 prerecorded, in-field video presentations at their convenience, as well as attend live question and answer 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: the principles of regenerative organic agriculture; organic no-till and 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; and composting.
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,” Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute CEO, said in a news release. “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 before July 13th. During that week, the credentials provided will allow access to more than 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 to 20 minutes long.
A schedule for the live question and answer 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 re-opened to the public June 5. 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.