In 1979, Jerry Brunetti founded Agri-Dynamics with a vision of providing a line of holistic animal remedies for farm livestock, equine and pets. After witnessing first-hand the devastating results of conventional, chemically dependent, grain-based rationed farming practices, Jerry embarked on a crusade to educate and consult for farmers making the wise choice of transitioning to ecologically responsible and sustainable farming.
In 1991, Jerry co-founded Earthworks Natural Organic Products, a company which provides products and consulting services to the golf course and landscaping industries. Jerry’s aspiration was once again to encourage the implementation of ecological principles of balancing soils, reducing the use of pesticides and eliminating dependence on chemical fertilizers.
In 1999, Jerry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given as little as six months to live without aggressive chemotherapy. He instead chose a holistic path of nutrition, detoxification and immune modulation and applied his vast experience with farming and animal nutrition to his own health. The links between healthy soil, truly nutritious food and profitable, sustainable farming techniques were clearly evident in his personal and professional experiences and his skill for communicating this to people has won him extensive praise from holistic health professionals, sustainable farming organizations and countless farmers and consumers.
Jerry was a highly demanded lecturer and speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics that included soil fertility, animal nutrition and livestock health. He often spoke to audiences about the relationship of “Food as Medicine” and “Farm as Farmacy.” Jerry bridged natural and scientific understandings of plant and animal “ecosystems,” such as digestion in soils (decomposition), digestion of foods (fermentation) and the digestion that takes place in the GI tract of animals/humans. Jerry’s “connect-the-dots” systems approach helped farmers and ranchers understand how the health of people and their communities are linked to healthy land, healthy animals and healthy produce.
Prior to launching Agri-Dynamics, Jerry studied Animal Science at North Carolina State University and then moved to western Virginia to run a cow/calf operation. He served as Regional Dairy Director of the National Farmers Organization in the Northeast for five years. He served on the Lower Mt. Bethel Township Environmental Advisory Council for several years, the board of Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), was an honorary board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation as well as a steering committee member for the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and was also active in other community based organizations devoted to rebuilding local food systems and local democracy. In 2008, Jerry received the Leadership Award from PASA and the Eco-Agriculture Achievement Award from Acres USA. His DVD's include "Keys to Herd Health," "Holistic Veterinary Care" with Hugh Karreman, VMD and "Cancer, Nutrition and Healing” and his book The Farm as Eco-System was published in 2014.
Jerry courageously faced a second round of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and his earthly existence ended on December 20, 2014, leaving behind a huge void in the eco-agricultural community. His “voice” is missed but his legacy continues. Lower Mt. Bethel Township has named their visitor and environmental center after Jerry to honor his efforts in having it built and also bringing three PA Scenic Byways to their township. PASA has named the new farmer training element of the SOIL institute after Jerry. Agri-Dynamics continues Jerry’s legacy and his vision by serving the sustainable farming community.