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Paul K. Keene

Born: Oct 12, 1910

Death: Apr 23, 2005

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

Paul K. Keene

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1910
Date of Death : Apr 23, 2005
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Paul K. Keene was one of the first organic farmers. He was the owner of Walnut Acres, in Penns Creek, Pennsylvania. There he produced various food products sold nationally in health food stores and via a mail-order catalog. The foods included free-range chicken; peanut, apple, and other butters; and granola. He was one of the pioneers of the idea of growing food without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. He was born in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He earned an undergraduate degree at Lebanon Valley College and a master's degree in mathematics at Yale University. Before starting Walnut Acres, he taught mathematics at Drew University. He learned about organic farming from Sir Albert Howard while teaching in northern India. When he returned to the US, he studied further at the School of Living, in Suffern, New York and Kimberton Farm School in Pennsylvania. While in India, he was involved with Mohandas Gandhi and the Indian independence movement. He also met his wife while in India. Her name was Enid Betty Morgan, and she was the daughter of missionaries. They were married in 1940; she died in 1987.

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