Kutztown, PA—Rodale Institute has introduced Rodale Institute Virtual Campus, an educational platform for farmers, researchers, and the public containing online courses focused on regenerative organic topics.
“Access to credible education is critical for growing the regenerative organic movement and supporting the farmers, researchers, and consumers that are the backbone of our food system,” said Maria Pop, Rodale Institute’s Director of Education.
The two courses currently available: Transition to Certified Organic and Hobby Beekeeping.The non-expiring courses consist of a curriculum of videos, case studies, resources and assessments created by Rodale Institute staff, scientists, partners, and farmers and can be viewed on any time schedule. Students have unlimited access to the course content and receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion. Looking ahead, Rodale plans to expand online courses to offer more topics ranging from consumer education to organic gardening.
In other news, Rodale launched launched Organic Crop Consulting Services to offer on-the-ground mentorship and one-on-one technical assistance to farmers transitioning to organic management.
“There are a lot of misconceptions in the farming world about the organic transition process,” said Sam Malriat, Director of Rodale Institute’s Organic Crop Consulting Services and one of the course’s instructors. “We hope that our Transition to Certified Organic course can explain some of the regulations and procedures in detail, and help farmers feel more confident about starting the transition process.”
To register for courses, or to learn more about Rodale Institute’s Virtual Campus, visit RodaleInstitute.org/Online-Courses.