Q&A

DEAR NEW FARM:
Where is the cover crops, compost tea and organic production field day to be held July 16? And where is the Rodale Institute located? Can you please send me more information on this seminar?

Thanks,
Kate

 

DEAR KATE:
This field day, Building Healthy Soil-Building Healthy Farms has proven so popular and is filling up so fast that we are now limiting enrollment to farmers and Extension folks only. (If this describes you, you may sign up online by clicking here.)

Featured speakers and topics include Organic No-Till with Jeff Moyer, farm manager here at The Rodale Institute® (publishers of The New Farm®); Cover Cropping Strategies with Ray Weil, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland; Increasing Crop Yields with Mycorrhizae with David Douds, Ph.D., from the USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center; and Benefits and Use of Compost Tea with Rodale Institute researchers Matthew Ryan and David Wilson.

Our 333-acre Experimental Farm dedicated to regenerative organic agriculture and gardening is open for public visits (summer hours) Mondays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We are located in rural Berks County, in Maxatawny township near Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. We are about an hour and 45 minute’s drive from New York, an hour and 15 minutes from Philadelphia, and three hours from Washington, D.C.:

From the Lehigh Valley and Berks County:
The Rodale Institute Experimental Farm is easy to locate. There are two main roads to travel to reach our farm:

  1. If you are traveling Route 222, we are 1 mile west of Maxatawny, or 5 miles east of Kutztown. Look for a blue-and-white road sign for our facility and turn north on Grim Road. Follow Grim Road to Siegfriedale Road, where you will turn left. The Institute is 1/2 mile ahead. Your tour will begin at the Book Store, located in the historic Siegfriedale Schoolhouse.
  2. If you are traveling Interstate 78, take Exit 45 (New Smithville) and pick up Route 863 South. Follow 863 South for 1/2 mile to a three-way intersection, where you take the middle fork (Siegfriedale Road). Follow Siegfriedale Road for 2 mile until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse. That is our bookstore. The main office is the white, clapboard-covered house on the right side of the road, approximately 1/4 mile west (downhill) of the bookstore.

From Philadelphia:
The easiest way is to take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Allentown exit. Pick up Interstate 78 West (a short distance past the toll booth) and proceed to Exit 45 (New Smithville), following #2 above to reach the Institute.

From New Jersey and New York:
Take Interstate 80 to Interstate 287 South. Follow 287 South to Interstate 78 West. Then follow the direction listed in the Philadelphia section (beginning with the second sentence).

From Harrisburg and west:
Take Interstate 78 East to Exit 45 (New Smithville). Then follow the Lehigh Valley directions above.

From New England:
Directions from New York will work, but if you're heading South on Interstate 81, follow these instead: Take Interstate 81 South to the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. Follow the turnpike to the Allentown Exit (Interstate 78). Take Interstate 78 West, then follow the Lehigh Valley directions (#1) above.

From Washington, D.C., and Baltimore:
Take Interstate 83 North to Interstate 81 North. Pick up Interstate 78 East to Exit 45. Then follow the Lehigh Valley directions (#1) above.

We look forward to seeing you!

NF

 

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