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Dan Kemper


Dan Kemper is the Farm Manager of the Main Campus in Kutztown and Program Manager for the Rodale Institute Farmer Training (RIFT) program. He received his BS in Biology/Ecology from Kutztown University, and began working for John and Aimee Good of The Good Farm, where he learned the basics of organic vegetable farming. Dan was hired by Rodale in 2014, as a support staff team member, before he was promoted to Field Foreman and finally Farm Manager. Today, Dan oversees all 333 acres of the Main Campus, and manages all aspects of the Rodale Institute Farmer Training program.  

Program Curriculum


  RODALE INSTITUTE FARMER TRAINING
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  INTRODUCTION
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  RESOURCE LIBRARY
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 35 - Final Exam & Last Week of the Program
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 34 - Agricultural Loans
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 33 - Legal Work
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 32 - Financing and Budgeting (3 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 31 - Financing and Budgeting (2 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 30 - Financing and Budgeting (1 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 29 - Organic Certification
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 28 - Bees
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  SEMESTER 4: CLASS 27 - Food Justice Grants
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 26 - Semester 3 Quarterly Exam
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 25 - Tractor Training
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 24 - CIG Project
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 23 - Farm Systems Trial (FST)
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 22 - Hemp
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 21 - Apples
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 20 - Vegetable Systems Trial (VST)
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 19 - Beneficial Habitat and Riparians
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  SEMESTER 3: CLASS 18 - Organic Swine Project
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 17 - Quarterly Exam
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 16 - Topic: Seed and Germination
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 15 - Soil Health - Chemistry/Nutrients
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 14 - Soil Health - Biology
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 13 - Food Safety
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 12 - Farmers Markets 101
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 11 - Finance 101 (Part 3 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 10 - Finance 101 (Part 2 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 2: CLASS 9 - Finance 101 (Part 1 of 3)
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 8 - Semester 1 Quarterly Exam
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 7 - Swine
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 6 - Poultry Class and Tomato Grafting Class
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 5 - Compost
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 4 - Plant Physiology/Taxonomy
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 3 - Introduction to Livestock
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 2 - Controlled Environment Growing
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  SEMESTER 1: CLASS 1 - Introduction to Botany
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