Rodale Institute

The future is organic

Kutztown, PA   |  www.rodaleinstitute.org

Mission

Through organic leadership, Rodale Institute improves the health and well-being of people and the planet. We conduct research on organic farming methods and their impact, assist farmers in successfully transitioning to organic, and educate consumers on the benefits of organic for people and the planet.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Jeffrey Moyer

Main address

611 Siegfriedale Rd

Kutztown, PA 19530 USA

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EIN

23-7206884

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Now, more than ever, the world is in desperate need of healing. The planet struggles against climate change and water pollution, and its people with heart disease, diabetes, hidden hunger, and obesity. Today, when the need is most urgent, the Rodale Institute is redoubling efforts to unlock the potential of organic farming to help the world change course. Through our research, we have proven that organic agriculture performs better than conventional agriculture.

Our programs

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Research

The work of Rodale Institute is grounded in the principle that healing people and the planet begins with healthy soil. As the global leader in regenerative organic agriculture, our mission is to conduct rigorous research designed to help us uncover the most effective, efficient, and regenerative organic agricultural practices. With the potential to influence nearly every farming practice, the research conducted at Rodale Institute will be the catalyst for change in farming and food production across the globe. With healthy soil, we can have a healthy world.

Population(s) Served

In 2016, US organic food sales totaled nearly $47 billion. That figure represents nearly 6% of all food sales, and it is climbing steadily. Yet still only 1% of US farmland is certified as organic. The demand for organic food is clearly outpacing the ability of domestic producers, creating a gap in the supply chain. It also represents immense economic opportunity.

With one-third of farmers past retirement age, millions of acres are about to change hands. Agriculture is at a turning point, and it is imperative that current and future farmers have the knowledge, resources, skills, and tools they need to leverage this economic opportunity. Rodale Institute supports a broad range of programs to support organic farmers.

Population(s) Served

In the United States, the most affordable food is often food we can little afford to eat. In order to thrive, we need access to fresh, healthy food. Rodale Institute is helping people experience the transformative impact that such food can have throughout our communities – and throughout the world.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Farmer Advocacy & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our farmer consultancy program, Rodale Institute works directly with farmers, helping them transition land to organic.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Farmer Advocacy & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects the number of farmers being directly engaged through our consultancy program.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are demonstrating the power of organic food to prevent and reverse disease, working to create economic vitality by training tomorrow’s farmers, and demonstrating the power of regenerative organic agriculture to reverse climate change. We aim to help people to make informed choices about their health and food. We aim to make organic farming the norm through leveraging our work to transition farmland to regenerative organic practices. Together with our philanthropic partners, we can harness the power of organic agriculture – rooted in regenerative practices, empowered farmers, and engaged communities – to help heal the planet and transform lives.

To increase the Rodale Institute’s ability to extend its global leadership in conducting independent science and developing real-world solutions, we are embarking on an ambitious fundraising campaign. We are committed to leveraging the full spectrum of our resources, knowledge, and talents to make organic farming not simply an option, but the norm. As the birthplace of organic farming in North America, this is not only our mission, but our responsibility.

Our rigorous research helps us uncover the most effective, efficient, and regenerative organic agricultural practices. We know that what we learn in managing our own farm must translate into simple, cost-effective practices that make it easy for both new and established farmers to choose organic agriculture. We know that organic farming is not without challenges. For example, the resources and energy that organic farmers invest in soil health is often negated by tilling, which disrupts beneficial ecosystems within the soil. The Rodale Institute took this seemingly intractable problem head on. The result? An innovative, one-of-a-kind tool for no-till farming that allows farmers to preserve the delicate balance of nutrients and organisms critical to healthy soil. Our farming systems trials have already shown that organic practices that include no-till methods produce competitive crop yields, can reduce damage in drought years, improve water quality, and, of course, enhance soil health. Equipped with this knowledge, organic farmers can create measurable change.

Our research in functional areas such as composting, water treatment, and pest management helps us understand how to ground both existing farms and the farms of the future in the core principles of regenerative, sustainable organic agriculture. And our commitment to research in newer areas – vertical farming, hemp as a crop – demonstrates our dedication to pushing beyond conventional boundaries to find the path forward that will have the greatest benefit to the world.

With the potential to influence nearly every farming practice, the research conducted at the Rodale Institute will be the catalyst for change in farming and food production across the globe. With healthy soil, we can have a healthy world.

Since 2019, we have launched three regional organic centers to replicate our science within varied climates and soil types and drive the adoption of organic practices in these regions. Ultimately the purpose of these regional campuses is to transition more acres and help meet our overall goals. In 2019, we launched our farmer consultancy program, providing on the ground services to assist farmers in transitioning to organic. After 6 months of the program, we have over 65 farms in transition across the United States. This represents the potential for nearly 30,000 acres to be transitioned over the next few years. In addition to providing rigorous science, and technical assistance to farmers, we sponsored the Organic Farmers Association, providing voice to Organic Farmers in the USA and supporting policies that will allow farmers to be successful.

Financials

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Rodale Institute

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Maya Rodale


Board co-chair

Roberta Lang