Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms
Position Description: Farm Manager
Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Posting Date: 11/22/17
Closing Date: 12/13/15

The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:
Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:
Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
Create and maintain relationships with growers
Represent TRACTOR at community events

Post to all social media platforms
Suggest new items for growers to plant
Purchase farm equipment

Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
Excellent people management skills
Effective public speaker
Experience with social media
Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
Respect for others’ unique personalities
Supervises: Interns where applicable

Work Environment:
The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience: Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience in restaurant/produce industry. Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
Clean driving record

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

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Allegheny Mountain Institute Allegheny Farm Manager

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Farm Manager (AFM)

MISSION: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

VISION: A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.


Experiential Learning
Regenerative Agriculture
OUR PROGRAMS: The AMI Fellowship is an 18-month, two-phase program. During Phase I (April through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Farm Campus in Highland County, VA. They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Senior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

OUR CAMPUS: The Allegheny Farm Campus is situated between 4000 and 4400 feet in elevation on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally homesteaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.

Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce and mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vegetation. Summers can be quite cool; the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost-free days.


Reporting to the AMI Executive Director, the AFM is responsible for most operational aspects of the Allegheny Farm and Facilities in Highland County.


The AFM is a full-time, exempt position at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs (preparation at the beginning of the season and end of season, for instance). Education of the broader community is a key component of Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AFM should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.


Agricultural & Animal

Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of all operational aspects of the AMI agricultural and meat production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control, organic orchard management, and animal husbandry (including poultry, apiary operations, and future bovine, swine, caprine, ovine and dairy operations).
Develop, establish and maintain the nourishment and health of the soil food web of AMI gardens to promote the health and vitality of the food we produce.
Manage and directly supervise the Lead Gardener.
Manage greenhouse propagation of seeds and starts.
Manage and develop crop rotation for season extension in the high tunnels.
Orchard management, including the establishment, pest protection, and plant guild selection of orchard and berry crops.
Manage mulching and weed control, including procurement of input materials.
Maintain garden tools and equipment storage; keep inventory and maintenance records.
Develop and maintain livestock facility as needed including grazing systems, fence and gate moving and repair, and water management.
Develop, establish, maintain healthy pasture management, disease control, and animal rotation.
Perform grass cutting and weed eating around gardens and orchards.
Invasive weed (Autumn Olive, Thistle) eradication, coordinated with Allegheny Farm Caretaker.
Facilities & General Management

Provide regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
Irrigation systems.
Inspections and managing repairs of all farm infrastructure; garden fences; rodent control.
Plan and implement an efficient, working composting system for garden and orchard use.
Provide regular operational farm maintenance, including:
Water system inspections; report to Allegheny Caretaker if issues arise.
General overseeing of operational facilities, including inspections and managing repairs of buildings and farm infrastructure.
Manage High Tunnel / Greenhouse integrity and heating/cooling and ventilation systems.
Fixing items or overseeing repairs done by others.
Maintain Farm vehicle and equipment maintenance records. The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for maintaining vehicles and equipment while the Allegheny Farm Manager will maintain record keeping for farm vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Research equipment purchase and schedule delivery or pick up as needed.
Assist in heavy lifting/moving as needed.
Provide regular waste removal from the Allegheny Farm.
Ensure high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order on the Allegheny Farm.
Establish processes for upkeep of pantries, cold storage, root cellars, and feed rooms to ensure appropriate temperatures / humidities, and the vitality, safety and quantities of foodstuffs to meet requirements.
Establish best practices and processes for the Allegheny Farm record keeping systems.
Manage budget for Farm expenditures, including ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records.
Manage and mentor Fellows on farm-related work and educational opportunities during Phase I of the Fellowship.
Meet with AMI staff team, once per week to review and plan assignments. Work closely and collaboratively with the AMI Education Director to ensure proactive guidance and supervision of Phase I Fellows and the learning environment.
Work in collaboration with Allegheny Farm Caretaker on routine maintenance needs of farm and equipment and with the AMI Farm Operations Committee on big picture strategic plans and needs of Allegheny Farm.
Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.
Participate in Open Houses, public visits and educational outreach events as needed.

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience required.
Minimum 3 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
2- 3 years rotational, multi-species grazing experience.
Experience in Apiary management or desire to master.
Demonstrated understanding and application of Permaculture principles and ethics.
Knowledge and experience with medicinal herbs, perennial systems, no till farming, and orchard management.
Experience with heavy farm equipment use and basic maintenance.
General maintenance skills including: carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical.
Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems.
Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to work closely and communicatively as a peer colleague with AMI Education Director and Allegheny Farm Caretaker.
Experienced crew leader.
Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
Interest in cooking and culinary arts/hospitality.
Demonstrates high level of personal and ethical standards.
Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable manner.
Ability to complete and maintain applicable training and certifications as necessary.
Have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
Mentorship and/or teaching experience.
Ability to deal with Fellows, colleagues, and guests in a professional, timely, fair, and confidential manner.
Applicant must be comfortable working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate irregularities, cold weather, and snowy winters. Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.

This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes: housing and farm-grown food share (2nd story of farm house is exclusively for AFM, while main floor is shared with AMI community in season; a lease and damage deposit are required), workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires regular weekend and periodic evening work.


Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate should be currently residing in the United States and eligible to work in it, please no international applications. The candidate must have a valid drivers license, pass a background and driving record checks.

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Urban Agriculturist,Atlanta History Center

Employment Type:  Full-time

Job Description :
The Atlanta History Center is looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented professional to fill a full-time position, within the organization of Urban Agriculturist.

This individual’s primary responsibility includes all aspects of research, planning, planting, and day-to-day maintenance of the interpretive historic gardens at the Smith Family Farm, as well as production of crops and annuals in the greenhouse. Expectations include keeping all garden areas at the Farm planted and productive throughout the year, and coordinating the use of produce with interpretive staff. The secondary area of responsibility is assisting with farm animal care, the on-site composting operation, and upkeep of other gardens as needed.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, as well as a self-starter who demonstrates strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and energy, creative vision, and a sense of humor and charisma; has strong organizational and analytical ability, in addition to a positive attitude and human relations orientation; is goal-oriented and able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet myriad deadlines; and possesses a strong sense of personal and professional integrity with the ability to exercise authority and accept responsibility.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Manage all aspects of the Smith Family Farm gardens – research historic varieties and practices, evaluate and update existing crop plans to maintain a sustainable crop rotation, order all necessary seeds, tools, and materials, and carefully record all aspects of the gardens’ management

Collaborate with and train education and interpretation staff at the Smith Family Farm to utilize farm produce and effectively communicate horticultural information to daily visitors, school group tour participants, and family program attendees

Perform horticultural tasks at the Farm and greenhouse – includes propagation, planting, mulching, watering, weeding, staking, pruning, deadheading, training, seed saving, programming the automated irrigation timer, and soil improvement practices

Handle daily care for farm animals – poultry, small ruminants, bees, cat – twice a week when Manager of Animal Collections is not available (training provided)

Manage all aspects of on-site composting program, including daily collection of discarded produce from Souper Jenny Café, weekly addition of farm animal bedding, and tracking regular turnings and temperature readings to ensure the production of a safe, healthy soil amendment for use in the Goizueta Gardens

Assist with team effort to create an Integrated Pest Management program, including scouting for pests and diseases, pest identification and recommendations for control, applying herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or other products as necessary; keep detailed records

Provide a positive visitor and volunteer experience

Learn about the history and significance of the gardens and collections and be prepared to answer visitor questions and lead tours

Other Responsibilities:

Collaborate with community partners and other History Center departments to develop and assist in garden-related programming at the Center and offsite

Exhibit familiarity with and willingness to receive training and work with common landscape hand-held and power equipment, including blowers, mowers, tillers, weed-eaters, saws, pruners, sprayers, etc.

Perform other maintenance tasks as necessary throughout the campus, including leaf and snow removal, path maintenance, assistance with irrigation repairs and removal of litter and debris

Learn unfamiliar plant material in assigned areas, their names and cultural needs

Assist Curator by keeping records of any changes to plant material in assigned areas (plantings, removals, relocations, major pruning’s, dead plants, etc.) and notifying Curator of plant material that is unidentified and needs labelling, particularly if in flower

Be observant and report back any horticultural, technical, animal, safety or other concerns promptly

Occasional weekend work may be required, with flex time available

Education and Experience:
Associates or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, biology, environmental science or related field from an accredited college or university or demonstrable equivalent in training and experience

Minimum two years hands-on professional experience growing vegetables and fruit, organic methods and experience with composting preferred

Demonstrated communication skills including effective oral/speaking skills and writing skills
Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in southeastern agricultural history preferred
Experience with heirloom ornamental annuals and perennials a plus
Hands-on experience caring for poultry, small ruminants or bees a plus
Must be able to sustain moderate physical exertion with full range of body motion for lifting up to fifty pounds
Must demonstrate a history of working independently and in a group setting
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Valid driver’s license
Fluency in English
Computer literacy, including internet research and use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel; some training provided if necessary
Background Check Requirements:
Satisfactory criminal background check required
Satisfactory MVR background check required to drive company truck

Application Deadline: December 3, 2017

Apply online:

Organic Farmer/ Culinary Garden Manager Greyfield Inn

Cumberland, Island GA
Organic Farmer/ Culinary Garden Manager
Greyfield Inn

The historic Greyfield Inn is seeking a talented farmer or farming couple to manage the Greyfield Garden . Greyfield Inn is a small and intimate inn located on Cumberland Island, GA – a beautiful, pristine, and undeveloped island accessible only by boat or small airplane. Our location provides a wonderful opportunity to live and work in a truly unique setting.
The goal of Greyfield Garden is to provide organically grown produce for inn guests. We also strive to educate the same people about where food comes from and the care that is necessary to get it to the table. We grow various vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. We focus heavily on growing healthy soils through composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation.

● Manage and maintain the 1.5 acre garden using sustainable and organic methods while producing a variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruit, and cut flowers
● Work closely with chefs to plan for seasonal menus, new crops, projected harvests and availability
● Work with management to plan for cut-flower production
● Knowledge of farm systems including greenhouse management, pest and
disease control, irrigation, succession planting, and post harvest handling.
● Educate guests on sustainable growing practices and our farm to table mission
● Use composting, cover cropping, and a crop rotation to manage soil health
and fertility
● Work within garden budget to source OMRI certified materials and other
organic seeds and products needed for the garden
● At least 2 years of experience managing a vegetable operation in the Southeastern US
● Ability to produce a wide assortment of seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers and maintain seasonal availability
● Ability to work in challenging conditions of coastal Southeast Georgia- seasonal mosquitoes, gnats, deerflies, hot and humid summers, sandy soil conditions
● Ability to manage time efficiently, stay organized, and communicate effectively
Compensation Details:
● Annual salary starts at $35,000/ farmer, commensurate with experience
● Housing and meals provided
● Paid vacation after one year
● Medical and dental after 60 days

To Apply:
Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to:

Urban Agriculture Technical Assistant – Marion County, Indianapolis, IN

Purdue Extension – Marion County is one of 92 Purdue Extension offices around the state that delivers research-based community support as an outreach arm of Purdue University. The Urban Agriculture Program of Purdue Extension aims to support beginning urban farmers and the community of people leading urban agriculture projects. This work occurs through programs like the Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network, the Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture Certificate, increasing awareness of urban agriculture and helping coordinate the Indiana Small Farm Conference.

To learn more about the Purdue Extension – Marion County Urban Agriculture Program, visit

The Urban Agriculture Technical Assistant will support the setup and delivery of the Urban Agriculture Certificate Course. Participate in responsibilities such as tours, consulting, site visits, problem-solving, and other marketing and programming efforts.

The Urban Agriculture Certificate Course consists of 25 modules offered to the community urban agriculture project leaders in the evenings. The goal for student learning and experience in the course is that each participant will: (1) receive in-depth instruction for urban organic crop production—from farm design through harvest techniques, (2) clarify their project vision and strengthen their community impact, (3) learn to think like an enterprise to achieve economic sustainability and (4) grow their network of connections to other urban farms and gardens.

High School diploma / GED.
Four years’ of high-level administrative support, office management, and/or program coordination experience.
Working knowledge of small-scale, diversified agriculture with an emphasis on organic management.
Strong (oral and written) communication skills with confidence speaking in front of groups.
Comfort in engaging with technical agriculture topics and a willingness to research and learn.
Excellent interpersonal skills; comfortable in and enjoy interacting with a diverse audiences.
Ability to work independently and in teams.
Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to follow through on commitments and meet deadlines.
Computer proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (email and calendar).
Ability to contribute to the development of web-based program resources.
A valid driver’s license with ability to travel throughout Indianapolis and Marion County.

Bachelor’s degree.
Experience working on a small scale farm or community agriculture project.
Experience as an educator.
Working knowledge of Blackboard or other virtual learning environment/course management system.
Additional Information:
This position is based at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (1202 E. 38th Street, Indpls.).

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Farm Manager, Vegetables, Full-Time, Ashburn Virginia

Willowsford Farm manages 300 acres over three non-certified organic farms, ten minutes south of Leesburg, Virginia and thirty miles west of Washington, DC: 20 acres in vegetables and cover crops, the remainder in grass and woods for animals. We grow mixed vegetables, raise livestock for eggs and meat, and manage a small herd of goats who perform land management services. We sell through a diversified CSA and Farm Stand. Our CSA is 280 members and growing. As farmers we work to promote soil health, care for our livestock holistically and produce nutritious, flavorful food.
Our farm is part of a unique model of development, a working landscape that includes agricultural production, ecological services and residential neighborhoods. We also serve as an educational and social resource and encourage community members to make healthy lifestyle choices. We have a great team and are a growing farm with long-term opportunities.

Willowsford Farm grows mixed vegetables and raises animals for meat and eggs, over three farms and close to three hundred acres: 30 acres in vegetables and cover crops, the remainder in grass and woods. We sell through a diversified CSA and farm stand. Our CSA is 280 members and growing. We are located ten miles south of Leesburg and thirty miles west of DC.
We have a great team returning next year and are looking for a few key additions, including a vegetable farmer to oversee production at one or both of our vegetable farm locations. This is an opportunity to bring your experience and love of growing to take on full management of a veggie farm. Or, if you are the right person with less experience, to work closely with us to hone your skills managing production of a select group of crops and cover crops.
We have good systems in place and the equipment to support them, but this is a young farm and there is room to improve it and to make it your own.
Communication, teamwork and flexibility are important aspects of this work. With vegetable production, animal production and a farm stand, we are a small community of growers and support each other.

Work Experience/Skills Desired: three or more full seasons on a vegetable farm and at least one season of management on a mechanized operation. Experience operating and maintaining tractors and equipment and demonstrated attention to detail are required. Enjoyment of growing plants and food for local market.

This is the Mid-Atlantic. Farm work is physically demanding and we work in all conditions: cold and wet and hot and humid. In a crew we look for the same commitment to working hard, having fun, and getting the job done and done correctly. We expect a veggie farmer to work hard and inspire their crew to do the same.
This is a salaried position with benefits and housing. Salary will be commensurate with experience. After the first year, an incentive agreement can be negotiated. The position begins in winter, as responsibilities include planning and pre-season materials orders.

Salaried, less than 50k

APPLY: Please send resume and three references to

Agriculture Supported Communities Program Manager, Rodale Institute

Job Description: Responsible for managing Agriculture Supported Communities farm share program. This is a three year contracted position with the possibility to extend beyond this period based on grant writing.

Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Responsibilities Include:
ASC Program
• Provides administration and development direction for ASC program and member services. Serves as the primary contact for ASC members. Coordination of membership campaigns, PR projects, members accounts, and ASC book keeping.
• Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and managing program interns in coordination with ASC staff and Human Resources Team.
• Manage food distribution to different sites.
• Develops and builds relationships with community partners to enrich program through outreach and unique contributions.
• Manages all tasks related to marketing product; cultivating additional markets, updating pricelists, sending/delivering order forms, packing product for delivery.
• Works with field foreman on field production and harvest. Works with field foreman to hone vegetable production and field plans. Plans weekly field harvest and share contents.
• Oversees submission of field operations reports and harvesting records tracking the actions taken in the field.
• Provides pack house and distribution management for ASC harvest and farmers markets.
• Maintains contacts and updated intern matrix.
• Works collaboratively with Rodale Institute departments to coordinate shared harvests and event produce needs.

• Manages intern training program: Teach classroom lessons with integrated field practicum skills in organic growing techniques and philosophies. Coordinate additional integrated classes based on expertise of Rodale Institute staff. Coordinate intern participation in CRAFT series. Train interns on distribution sites management for weekly share pickups. Instruct interns in production growing, cultivation and harvesting techniques.
• Provides college level course in Plant Health Management for Del Val students.

Farmers Markets
• Develops guidelines for vendors and plan and conduct vendor training as needed.
• Oversees recruitment/management of local food businesses to conduct cooking demonstrations.
• Reviews and approves all outreach and promotional materials, including creation of the Regional Organic Producers Guide.
• Works with partnering organizations on content for Regional Organic Producers Guide.

Grants Management/Grant Reporting
• Grant management and reporting. Tracking of volunteer hours and match time for grants.
• Writes proposals for upcoming grants to support program.
• Keeps current timelines and manage grant deliverables.

Candidate Qualifications:
• Skilled writer who can express ideas clearly and professionally through grant proposals
• Comfortable with public speaking in a classroom or media situation
• Hard worker and commitment to raising organic foods sustainably
• Clear communicator with professional management skills
• Good organizational skills
• Computer proficiency in MS Office Suite

Education and/or Experience:
• BA/BS in agriculture related field or 2-3 years’ experience in agricultural education.
• At least four years of experience in vegetable production and/or managing a CSA.
• 2-3 years of management experience.

20% Travel time related to marketing product and meeting with community partners.

Other Institutional Expectations:
To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume to Elaine Macbeth at

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

To learn more about additional opportunities at Rodale Institute, please visit