As sharp autumn winds whip
the remaining corn stalks in our fields, The Rodale Institute’s
NewFarm.org is entering a time of transition.
In the past three years as the outreach arm of The Rodale Institute®,
NewFarm.org pioneered a new kind of website to a global audience.
Our goal was to inspire and help greater
numbers of sustainable, organic/regenerative farmers in any way
we could in our electronic medium. We sought to bring the
enduring legacy of The New Farm magazine (1979 to 1995)
to a new generation of farmers and those who want to support them.
In 67 updates of our magazine-format homepage, we published stories
on production, marketing and building support for sustainable agriculture.
Our new web tools served a growing audience.
Our staff’s major work in the
months ahead will be to create a very practical, farmer-to-farmer
knowledge site which will respond to what we discovered
through surveys that you want: shorter stories in a cleaner format
allowing you to learn more in less time.
We will continue to work in our areas of greatest expertise: promoting
and explaining the importance of soil health to ecological and human
health (a connection central to the vision of J.I. Rodale, who helped
launch the global organic farming movement), as well as covering
in detail the practical farming management and marketing decisions
that flow from that regenerative foundation.
You’ll see stories you can apply directly in your fields
-- on building up soil, useful tools, integrating more natural processes,
and growing under plastic. You’ll also see stories on marketing
to help you capture more value for farming well.
Our editorial team will gather stories within The Rodale Institute
- Our professional training staff,
who are engaged globally with educators, entrepreneurs and corporate
leaders who want to understand how healthy soil and organic farming
work in the real world.
- Our research team,
which continues to harvest the best scientific findings from our
own fields and from their colleagues around the world.
- Our farm team,
which developed the no-till roller that allows direct seeding
into rolled cover crops and is now being tested by farmers in
We’ll be focusing our web site coverage as we devote substantial
staff time to developing our on-line transition to organic course
funded by the US Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency.
The course will combine insights from 25 years of research at The
Institute’s 333-acre organic farm with the shared wisdom of
organic farmers and researchers across the US.
We will continue to link with regional farmer organizations forging
new ways to make sustainable agriculture succeed throughout the
US. And we will continue to maintain our suite of web tools, including
The New Farm Organic Price Index®, The New Farm Locator®,
The New Farm Guide to US Organic Certifiers, our Classifieds section,
Resource Directory, Farming for Credit Directory and the New Farm
As always, we
welcome your responses. We especially look forward
to your suggestions for ways to bring new support to the Institute
for the farmer-focused, how-to oriented NewFarm.org of the future.
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