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Safeguarding The Soil

Taylor Stitch X Rodale Institute

Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People

Safeguarding The SoilThe Rodale Institute

These days, the word “organic” gets thrown around a lot. Heck, you’ve no doubt come across it right here on our site, where we proudly tout our usage of organic cotton alongside other earth-friendly fibers like hemp and merino wool. The term has become so ubiquitous that it might surprise you to learn that the pioneering work of a single visionary propelled the organic movement to the forefront of popular consciousness.

Born in New York City in the late 19th century, Jerome Irving Rodale was a self-made entrepreneur whose own chronic ailments inspired him to study the relationship between agriculture and health. Influenced by the work of early organic advocate Sir Albert Howard, Rodale concluded that chemical-driven farming came with a host of negative consequences including soil degradation, water pollution, and diminished biodiversity. In 1940, he established the Rodale Organic Gardening Experimental Farm on a plot of land in rural Pennsylvania, and steadily ramped up research efforts over the ensuing years before founding what is now known as Rodale Institute. Though Rodale himself passed away in 1971, his Institute lives on as a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting organic agriculture through continued scientific research, training for farmers, and consumer education.

Organic and regenerative agriculture is a major component of our Responsibility initiative—after all, just like much of the food we eat, most textiles start from the soil—so we’ve been paying close attention to Rodale Institute’s advocacy and educational efforts for years. We have tremendous respect for the work that they do, so we were thrilled when they agreed to team up on a collaboration to spread the word and encourage people to consider where the food they eat—and the clothes they wear—come from.

Much of Rodale Institute’s research into the many benefits of organic agriculture takes place on a 333-acre farm in Kutztown, PA that serves as their headquarters. This is a real, working farm, so we figured it’d be the perfect proving grounds for some of the new pieces in our Boss Duck line. In case you’re unfamiliar, Boss Duck is our Responsible—and exceptionally rugged—blend of hemp, recycled polyester, and (surprise!) organic cotton, plus the slightest touch of stretch for comfort and mobility. We had one condition before we sent over fresh colorways of The Shop Shirt, The Camp Pant, and The Chore Pant: don’t pull any punches. Accordingly, Rodale’s team of field technicians, farm operations workers, animal managers, beekeepers, and leadership pushed these pieces to their limits over the last six months (as documented here by the brilliant Jillian Guyette), and we’re happy to report that the gear held up admirably.

The Common Good Collection (Boss Duck)

  • The Lined Shop Shirt in Woodland Camo Boss Duck - featured imageThe Lined Shop Shirt in Woodland Camo Boss Duck - featured image
    The Lined Shop Shirtin Woodland Camo Boss Duck$218XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Lined Shop Shirt in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured imageThe Lined Shop Shirt in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured image
    The Lined Shop Shirtin Tobacco Boss Duck$218XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Workhorse Jacket in Coal Boss Duck - featured imageThe Workhorse Jacket in Coal Boss Duck - featured image
    The Workhorse Jacketin Coal Boss Duck$228XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Workhorse Jacket in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured imageThe Workhorse Jacket in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured image
    The Workhorse Jacketin Tobacco Boss Duck$228XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Shop Shirt in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured imageThe Shop Shirt in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured image
    The Shop Shirtin Tobacco Boss Duck$168XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Shop Shirt in Coal Boss Duck - featured imageThe Shop Shirt in Coal Boss Duck - featured image
    The Shop Shirtin Coal Boss Duck$168XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Shop Shirt in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageThe Shop Shirt in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Shop Shirtin Indigo Boss DuckXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Chore Pant in Stone Boss Duck - featured imageThe Chore Pant in Stone Boss Duck - featured image
    The Chore Pantin Stone Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Camp Pant in Stone Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Stone Boss Duck - featured image
    The Camp Pantin Stone Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Chore Pant in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured imageThe Chore Pant in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured image
    The Chore Pantin Tobacco Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Camp Pant in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Tobacco Boss Duck - featured image
    The Camp Pantin Tobacco Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Chore Pant in Coal Boss Duck - featured imageThe Chore Pant in Coal Boss Duck - featured image
    The Chore Pantin Coal Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Camp Pant in Coal Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Coal Boss Duck - featured image
    The Camp Pantin Coal Boss Duck$12828293031323334353638
  • The Chore Pant in Natural Boss Duck - featured imageThe Chore Pant in Natural Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Chore Pantin Natural Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Ojai Jacket in Natural Boss Duck - featured imageThe Ojai Jacket in Natural Boss Duck - featured image
    The Ojai Jacketin Natural Boss Duck$188XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Camp Short in Olive Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Short in Olive Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Shortin Olive Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Camp Short in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Short in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Shortin Indigo Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Chore Pant in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageThe Chore Pant in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Chore Pantin Indigo Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Camp Pant in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Indigo Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Pantin Indigo Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Project Jacket in Olive Boss Duck - featured imageThe Project Jacket in Olive Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Project Jacketin Olive Boss DuckXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Camp Pant in Timber Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Timber Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Pantin Timber Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Mechanic Jacket in British Khaki Boss Duck - featured imageThe Mechanic Jacket in British Khaki Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Mechanic Jacketin British Khaki Boss DuckXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Camp Pant in Dark Olive Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in Dark Olive Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Pantin Dark Olive Boss Duck28293031323334353638
  • The Camp Pant in British Khaki Boss Duck - featured imageThe Camp Pant in British Khaki Boss Duck - featured imageArchive
    The Camp Pantin British Khaki Boss Duck28293031323334353638

Safeguarding The SoilThe Rodale Institute

Illustrated branch with the words give and receive.

In honor of this new partnership, we tapped the talents of our buddy, Spain-based painter Dani Vergés to design a special print for two limited editions of The Cotton Hemp Tee! A portion of the proceeds from these products will be donated to Rodale Institute to help them shape the future of farming—stay tuned for the drop. You can sign up to our newsletter here to make sure you don’t miss it.

The Common Good Collection (Tees)

  • The Cotton Hemp Tee in Navy Give to Get - featured imageThe Cotton Hemp Tee in Navy Give to Get - featured image
    The Cotton Hemp Teein Navy Give to Get$38XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Cotton Hemp Tee in Natural Give to Get - featured imageThe Cotton Hemp Tee in Natural Give to Get - featured image
    The Cotton Hemp Teein Natural Give to Get$38XS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46

We’re proud to share a common purpose with the dedicated activists, educators, and researchers at Rodale Institute. They’ve been leading the charge toward organic and regenerative agricultural practices for decades, and it’s thanks in part to their trailblazing work that a brand like ours has access to the information and the infrastructure needed to pursue seed-to-sew Responsibility. We may be relative newcomers to the scene, but it’s our hope that someday we can serve as an example for future businesses that share our passion for protecting the planet. We hope you dig the photos and the gear, and that you’ll head over to Rodale Institute’s site to learn more about the important work they’re doing. Until next time, Stay Wild.

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