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Arden Landis: A Pioneer in Grass-based Organic Dairy

It is with sadness that we discovered that C. Arden Landis, 67, of Bowmansville, PA passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at home surrounded by his family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Sellersville, PA, he was a son of Warren & Lydia (Bolton) Landis. He was married 47 years to his beloved wife, Caroline (Cartmell) Landis, and is also survived by his four children, Joshua, Sheila, married to Matt Mainwaring, Johanna, married to Jeff Gehman and Debbie; 16 grandchildren; his brother Robert and sisters Joyce, Marilyn, Irene.

Caroline and Arden Landis, Kitty Hawk, NC, March 2019_thumb
Caroline and Arden Landis

A pioneer in grass-based organic dairy, Arden introduced dairy grazing to much of Lancaster County, PA. Most recently, Arden worked as an organic farm inspector and dairy farm consultant after roughly 20 years as a dairy farmer. He became a Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) representative in 2003 and remained as one until the time of his death. He regularly attended the annual NODPA Field Days as well as grazing events around the country, frequently participating as a presenter and workshop panel participant; contributing articles to the NODPA News and to Graze Magazine. In addition, he was a speaker at conferences around the United States and consulted with other farmers and professionals on a regular basis.

In his free time, Arden enjoyed hunting, baseball, running, gardening, and spending time with his wife whom he adored along with the rest of his family. To send the family condolences mail to: Landis Family, PO Box 595, Blue Ball, PA 17506.