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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 34 - Agricultural Loans
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 33 - Regenerative Certification and PA Dept of Ag
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 32 - Organic Certification, Small Business Administration, Legal Services
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 31 - Financing and Budgeting (2 of 3)
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 30 - Financing and Budgeting (1 of 3)
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 28 - Farm Restaurant Sales & Food Justice
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  2022 SEMESTER 4: CLASS 27 - Pathogens
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 26 - Semester 3 Quarterly Exam
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 25 - Specialty Crops
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 24 - Hemp
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 23 - Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 22 - Farm Systems Trial
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 21 - Weed Management
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 20 - Rodale Institute Field Day
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 19 - USDA Overview
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  2022 SEMESTER 3: CLASS 18 - Organic Swine Project
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 17 - Quarterly Exam
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 16 - Food Safety & MidWest Organic Center Overview
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 15 - Soil Health - Nutrient Density/Vegetable Systems Trial (VST)
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 14 - Soil Health - Biology
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 13 - Food Safety
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 12 - Farmers Markets 101
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 11 - Finance 101 (Part 3 of 3)
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 10 - Finance 101 (Part 2 of 3)
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  2022 SEMESTER 2: CLASS 9 - Finance 101 (Part 1 of 3) and Tractor Training
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 8 - Semester 1 Quarterly Exam
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 7 - Entomology Overview
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 6 - Compost
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 5 - Plant Physiology and Taxonomy
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 4 - Controlled Growing Environment
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: CLASS 3 - Intro to Livestock/Poultry/Swine
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: WEEK 2 - Introduction to Botany
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  2022 SEMESTER 1: WEEK 1 - Orientation Week and Introduction
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