Trailside Organic Farm

Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor with Rodale InstituteWelcome to Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor!

A unique partnership was announced in March 2021 with the industry experts at Rodale Institute to establish Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor! As a leader in the senior living industry, Cornwall Manor strongly supports our wellness philosophy, which is based on the principle that each resident is entitled to enjoy and maintain the highest level of health, dignity, independence and activity. Cornwall Manor is the first retirement community to partner with Rodale Institute.

Statistics show that residents in retirement communities live two years longer on average than those who live alone, owning to an environment rooted in health, well-being, and community. The Cornwall Manor-Rodale Institute Trailside Organic Farm is an opportunity to combine the health benefits of organic food and farming with the improved longevity of community living. Partnering with Rodale Institute experts guarantees that Cornwall Manor residents will receive food grown at the highest standard using organic practices, right from our backyard. Trailside Organic Farm will offer resident meals featuring freshly harvested farm-to-table offerings, and residents and visitors will enjoy the beauty of the farm as well as educational opportunities.

Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor

TomatoThrough our partnership with the Rodale Institute, a vegetable farm utilizing organic practices is being established on Cornwall Manor’s Woods Campus and the development and organic farming will be led by Rodale Institute’s team of industry experts (Farm Manager bios are below). Both organizations see this project as having the potential to serve as a model for continuing care communities across the country.

Trailside Organic Farm will begin as a two-acre farm using organic practices and is located on Cornwall Manor’s Woods Campus, adjacent to the Rail Trail. Cornwall Manor will use the produce grown on the farm to be served in all campus dining areas. Utilizing Rodale Institute’s expertise in organic growing methods, Trailside Organic Farm will provide residents with healthy, hyper-local food choices and a thriving natural environment that supports their health, environment and overall well-being.

Trailside Farm – 2022 Highlights

Meet our Trailside Farm Managers

Trailside Organic Farm Manager, Ian FrederickIan Frederick, Farm Manager

Formerly the Farm Operations Field Technician at Rodale Institute, Ian began working with our team in September 2021. While in his position at Rodale, Ian helped with maintaining and designing the landscape. Ian has a work background in landscaping and ornamental gardening.

In 2019, Ian received a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability from Messiah College. He prioritizes landscaping practices that provide ecological benefits as well as aesthetic value. Ian has experience with integrating pollinator habitats on Rodale’s property.


Katie Landis, Assistant Farm Manager

Katie joined Ian at Trailside Organic Farm in April 2022 as the Assistant Farm Manager.

Living in Quentin, Katie is a “local” and lives right around the corner from Trailside Organic Farm. Katie has been farming for a living since 2012, beginning as an intern growing herbs and cut flowers at Lancaster Farmacy. Her five years there taught her how to use high tunnels and greenhouses to extend the growing season, how to use irrigation to get the appropriate amount of water to the crops and how to manage weeds.

After leaving the Farmacy, she worked at Homefields Care Farm where we grew a large variety of vegetables that were sold to the community through a CSA program. Working at Homefields taught her how to operate tractors and the different implements that could be attached to the front or back to make field work easier.