To support ecologically-safe farming, sustainable retailing and efforts to eliminate hunger, The Giant Company today announced a new partnership with Rodale Institute, a leading voice in developing solutions for the regenerative organic movement. Rodale Institute has been a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years.
“Through education, research, and training, Rodale Institute is quite clearly leading the charge to transform farming for the better, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have this resource just two hours from our home office,” said Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Company. “Their important work complements our other environmental initiatives including offsetting our carbon footprint, creating pollinator habitats, and reducing food waste.”
Rodale Institute’s 333-acre experimental farm, which conducts research into regenerative organic agriculture as well as farmer training opportunities, is headquartered in Kutztown, Pa. As part of the partnership, The Giant Company will support three initiatives of Rodale Institute.
These initiatives include their Organic Crop Consulting Services, which support farmers who are transitioning to organic through mentorship with trained agronomists, Rodale Institute Farmer Training program (RIFT), an internship that trains farmers for a career in regenerative organic agriculture, and one of Rodale’s ongoing research studies connecting healthy soil with human health.
“Agriculture grows when we produce what consumers want,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Pennsylvania is a national leader in organic sales and we are investing in organic research at Rodale and in a new PA Preferred Organic program. These targeted investments grow opportunities for consumers to buy what they want and farmers and grocers to earn more. And investing in regenerative farming improves our soil and water so we can keep growing in the future. With this partnership, The Giant Company and Rodale Institute are cultivating that growth and joining us in promoting a healthier, greener Pennsylvania economy.”