Rodale Institute: Free Online Course for Consumers

08 Feb 2022

The free on-demand course serves as an introduction to regenerative organic food, agriculture and impact.

The Rodale Institute, the world leader in regenerative organic agriculture, has launched Being a Regenerative Consumer, a new educational course for anyone interested in learning the basics about farming, food and the future of our health, as part of their Virtual campus.

This on-demand online course was designed for anyone interested in learning more about what organic means, why soil is important, and how it can make a difference in the health of your family and the planet.

Registration for the course is free and can be accessed through See a quick preview of the course in this promotional video:

In this course, participants will engage with the Rodale Institute’s expert staff on topics such as regenerative organic agriculture, nutrition, pesticides, and much more in an easy-to-understand and digestible format.

“We wanted to create a resource for anyone looking for more information about what their food labels mean or the true impacts of agriculture on our health and the planet,” said Maria Pop, Director of Education for the Rodale Institute. “This course provides all the basics someone would need to start changing their eating habits or getting into organic. As a leader in the regenerative organic space, the Rodale Institute is proud to offer the world-class knowledge of our experts free of charge to ensure the regenerative organic movement is accessible to all.”

Instructors for the “Being a Regenerative Consumer” course include Dr. Yichao Rui, Director of the Rodale Institute for 40 Years Farming Systems Testing, Emily Newman Gantz, Organic Consulting Program Manager, and Scott Stoll, MD, Co-Founder of The Project Plantrician.

Comprised of multiple modules, “Being a Regenerative Consumer” will cover topics such as:

  • Organic, Regenerative, and Regenerative Organic Food and Agriculture Definitions

  • What lives in the soil and why is soil health important?

  • The Impact of Eating Organic Food on Fighting Disease and Human Health

  • The ability of regenerative organic agriculture to mitigate climate change

  • How to make a difference as a consumer with 5 action steps

Rodale Institute Virtual Courses consist of video curriculum, case studies, resources, and assessments created by Rodale Institute staff, scientists, partners, and farmers. Participants can view the modules at their own pace and as often as they like.

Each course offers ongoing enrollment and does not expire, encouraging participants to fit the course into their schedule. Once registered, participants have unlimited access to the course on all devices and receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion.

The Rodale Institute has been researching regenerative organic agriculture for more than 70 years and has used that research to help farmers, scientists, and the public better understand the benefits and best practices of growing food organically. This platform enables the organization’s world-renowned expertise to be shared globally on demand.

Additional courses at the Rodale Institute’s growing digital library includes Transitioning to Organic Certification, Hobbyist Beekeeping, Getting Certified Organic, and more. Visitors can also use Rodale Institute’s Virtual Campus to access partner courses, such as Master Pests, Diseases & Weeds with Joe Gardener’s Rodale Institute Ambassador Joe Lamp’l.

Rodale Institute continues to expand virtual learning and engagement opportunities to make regenerative organic agriculture topics more accessible, including a virtual reality farm tour that can give anyone a 360° view of Rodale Institute Headquarters from anywhere in the world.

Rodale Institute also continues to offer virtual and face-to-face workshops, webinars, and events open to the public. Find virtual workshops and pre-recorded webinars here.

Source: Rodale Institute