Rodale Institute & Acres U.S.A. Field Day and Intensive

New in 2020! Organic No-Till Intensive, July 15-16

Learn in a focused, small-group environment from Jeff Moyer, author of the Organic No-Till Farming and CEO of Rodale Institute, and his team of researchers and farmers on the beautiful Rodale Institute farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Attendees will learn an organic farming system that limits tillage, reduces labor, and improves soil structure. With both classroom and in-the-field instruction, this intensive offers a look at the latest tools based on sound biological principles, making it possible to reduce and even eliminate tillage. Field-tested over many seasons, these methods will make cover crops a source of fertility and a tool for weed management in your operation.

Designed for: Organic farmers and conventional farmers who want to refine their no-till practices.

Price: Early bird rate (until June 5) $689 early bird and Organic Farmers Association members: $689 / $739 regular registration (June 6-July 1). Register at events.acresusa.com.

Meals & Lodging: Lunch will be served both days. You will need to arrange your own lodging.

Location: The field day and intensive will be held on the Rodale Institute grounds. The address is: 611 Siegfriedale Road,  Kutztown, Pennsylvania,  19530-9320  USA

Get directions from Google Maps here. For specific directions from Berks County, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, New Jersey & New York, Harrisburg & West, New England, or Washington D.C. & Baltimore, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Learn More: To learn more about the Organic Farmers Association (OFA), call 610-683-1475, or visit organicfarmersassociation.org.

Organic Field Day, July 17

Join more than 400 farmers, growers and ranchers from around the country. Attendees can choose between a number of research and demonstration projects, or choose to focus on one topic all day. Topics include:

  • Farming systems trial;
  • Vegetable systems trial;
  • High tunnels & grafted tomatoes;
  • Organic vegetable cropping;
  • Pastured hog production;
  • Treatment-free beekeeping;
  • Composting;
  • Organic no-till;
  • Agriculture-supported communities; and
  • Organic pest management.

Price: $25 for the day. Register at events.acresusa.com.

Meals: Field Day attendees will have the option of bringing their own lunch or purchasing lunch from one of the vendors.

More Information

For more information about the event, please contact Acres U.S.A.’s Hannah Fields, Community Relations Coordinator, at hfields@acresusa.com or 970-392-4475.

For more information about Rodale Institute, please contact Rodale Institute’s Maria Pop, Director of Education, at Maria.Pop@RodaleInstitute.org or 610-683-1481.

This Event is Still Scheduled

We understand that concerns around the COVID-19 virus are top of mind for many right now. We are monitoring the situation and currently all of our 2020 events will take place as scheduled. Acres U.S.A. will use appropriate health precautions at our events and take every step to maintain a healthy environment. We will continue to track recommendations of the WHO, the CDC, and local Health Departments regarding COVID-19 and keep our community updated should anything change. Check this page for updates on events status, and feel free to contact us with any further questions. (This statement is accurate as of Wednesday, March 25)

Directions to the Rodale Institute – location of the Field Day and Intensive

The address is: 611 Siegfriedale Road,  Kutztown, Pennsylvania,  19530-9320  USA

Get directions from Google Maps here. 

FROM BERKS COUNTY

If you are traveling Route 222, we are one mile west of Maxatawny, or five 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 turn left. The Institute is 1/2 mile ahead.

FROM THE LEHIGH VALLEY

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 onto Siegfriedale Road. Follow Siegfriedale Road for 2 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

FROM PHILADELPHIA

Take the Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike, to the Allentown exit. Pick up Interstate 78 West. 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 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

FROM NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK

Take Interstate 80 to Interstate 287 South. Follow 287S to Interstate 78 West. 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 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

FROM HARRISBURG & WEST

Take Interstate 78 East to Exit 45 (New Smithville). Pick up Route 863 South. Follow 863 South for 1/2 mile to a three-way intersection, where you take the middle fork onto Siegfriedale Road. Follow Siegfriedale Road for 2 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

FROM NEW ENGLAND

Take Interstate 81 South to the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. Follow the turnpike to the Allentown Exit (Interstate 78). Take Interstate 78 East to Exit 45 (New Smithville). Pick up Route 863 South. Follow 863 South for 1/2 mile to a three-way intersection, where you take the middle fork onto Siegfriedale Road. Follow Siegfriedale Road for 2 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

FROM WASHINGTON D.C. AND BALTIMORE

Take Interstate 83 North to Interstate 81 North. Take Interstate 78 East to Exit 45 (New Smithville). Pick up Route 863 South. Follow 863 South for 1/2 mile to a three-way intersection, where you take the middle fork onto Siegfriedale Road. Follow Siegfriedale Road for 2 miles until you come to a brick one-room schoolhouse.

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