Health & Wellness

Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor with Rodale Institute

 

Cornwall Manor announced a unique partnership with the industry experts at Rodale Institute to establish Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor in March 2021! 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. 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 organic standard, right from our backyard. Once Trailside Organic Farm is fully-operational, resident meals will feature freshly harvested farm-to-table offerings, and residents and visitors will enjoy the beauty of the farm as well as educational opportunities.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Trailside Organic Farm at Cornwall Manor!

Woman smiling working in a garden

Through our partnership with the Rodale Institute, a certified organic vegetable farm is being established on Cornwall Manor’s Woods Campus and the Tomatodevelopment 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 certified organic farm located on Cornwall Manor’s Woods Campus, adjacent to the Rail Trail. Cornwall Manor will use the organic 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, hyperlocal food choices and a thriving natural environment that supports their health, environment and overall well-being.

 

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.

Farm Updates & Regenerative Consumer Info
Trailside Farm Updates

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Trailside. Monthly updates are provided in the Neighborhood News and on our blog.

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Being a Regenerative Consumer

Cornwall Manor’s partnership with the Rodale Institute provides learning opportunities through Rodale’s virtual campus. The courses focus on educating consumers on the benefits of organic for people and the planet.

If you are interested in learning more about organic farming and its impact, the first recommended course is Being a Regenerative Consumer. This course is divided into seven videos and is just under 50 minutes. You will be redirected to Rodale’s website and will need to sign up for their virtual campus, which is free (as is taking the course).

In this course, you will:

  • Learn how you can heal people and the planet from your very own home
  • Discover the differences between organic, regenerative, and regenerative organic farming and learn how to find these products at the store
  • Learn more about healthy soil, the farming practices that build it, and why it matters
  • Understand the impact that buying, eating, and supporting regenerative organic can have on your health, your community, and our planet
  • Go beyond the plate to identify regenerative organic agriculture’s capacity for fighting the climate crisis, increasing food access, improving water quality, and more
  • Learn how to make a difference yourself with 5 concrete action steps

Please take some time to check out this course and many others offered through Rodale’s virtual campus to learn the importance of organic farming and its benefits!