Rodale Institute announced the addition of three new employees: Dr. Vijay Bhosekar, Director of Scientific Communications; Jesse Barrett, Organic Allentown Program Manager and Justin Barclay, Veteran Farming Program Coordinator.
Dr. Vijay Bhosekar has a Doctorate in Plant Agriculture and more than 25 years of experience as a Research Manager and Research Associate at ANGR Agricultural University in India. Dr. Bhosekar has published more than seventy five peer reviewed scientific publications and has conducted numerous seminars on his area of expertise.
Dr. Bhosekar will work with the Research and Communications Departments to present the Institute’s research findings to a range of audiences, including scientists, farmers and the general public. He will be responsible for submissions to scientific peer reviewed journals, assisting with lab and field work, and for developing curriculum for farmer training and workshops.
“I am very excited to join Rodale Institute, a pioneer organization in the field of organics. This is an opportunity for me to gain in-depth practical knowledge in organic agriculture working with an educated and dedicated team,” said Dr. Vijay Bhosekar, Director of Scientific Communications.
Jesse Barrett will manage two farmers’ markets in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as part of the Organic Allentown initiative, a comprehensive initiative to create a city-wide culture around urban organic agriculture. Each market will feature vendors who are certified organic by the USDA or are in the certification process. The markets are located on 7th Street at the St. Luke’s Evangelical Church Parking lot and at the YWCA / YMCA on 15th Street in Allentown. Barrett will also play a hands-on role in developing organic gardens in vacant lots and public spaces throughout Allentown.
“I’m honored to work with Rodale Institute to provide the Allentown community with access to fresh, local organic foods at affordable prices. It’s my personal mission to help make Organic Allentown a successful model that cities around the world will follow to a healthier future,” said Jesse Barrett, Organic Allentown Program Manager.
Justin Barclay brings with him over ten years of experience in the United States Army and an additional seven years of experience as an analyst and instructor working with the military. His work will expand the Institute’s farmer training offerings for military veterans. With an aging demographic of farmers in America and extreme shortages of certified organic products, Rodale Institute will offer new pathways into organic agriculture for military veterans.
Rodale Institute has also partnered with Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA to create the Organic Farming Program; a 36-credit, one-year certificate program which is open to all students, but was created with military veterans in mind.
“We are proud to welcome Dr. Bhosekar, Jesse and Justin to the Rodale Institute team,” says Rodale Institute Executive Director, ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood. “These new positions are specialized to support the Institute’s ability to create new models of organic agriculture, to train new organic farmers and to communicate our findings to the world.”