The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is a non-profit center for resilient agriculture located on 1,255 acres of prime farmland in Hurley, NY. We provide professional farmer training, host and support agricultural research, demonstrate new farm technologies, and serve as an educational resource for advances in food and farming.
Founded in 2013, the Farm Hub is an initiative of the non-profit Local Economies Project (LEP), an organization working to build an equitable and ecologically resilient food and farm economy in the Hudson Valley.
Challenges & Opportunities
The challenges facing our food system are significant. Climate change has brought extreme weather and with it flooding, soil loss, pests, and diseases. A nationalized food distribution system is squeezing small and mid-sized farms out of wholesale markets. Steep land prices and equipment costs are making farm ownership challenging, if not prohibitive. Many of these factors have contributed to what has been a dramatic loss of farmland in the Hudson Valley over the course of a generation.
The strengths and opportunities we have available to address these challenges are also impressive. With strengths like deeply rooted farming traditions, excellent soils, young growers eager to explore farming careers, and proximity to New York City markets, the Hudson Valley region is well poised to capture the momentum of the burgeoning local food movement.
Soon after its inception in 2010, LEP began working with Hudson Valley farmers and partner organizations to identify barriers to and opportunities for building a resilient food system. Farmers and agricultural experts agreed on the need for regionally-focused field research and training for the next generation of farmers. The vision emerged for a non-profit Farm Hub to serve as a center to meet these needs. A search for land led to the Gill Farm, whose central location, large number of acres, superior soil quality and extensive on-farm infrastructure made it the ideal place to turn the Farm Hub vision into a reality.
LEP facilitated the purchase of the Farm Hub property by NoVo Foundation in December, 2013 and began the transition from private farm operation to non-profit Farm Hub. Many of the original collaborators continue to be involved even as the Farm Hub expands its circle of advisors and partner organizations. By bringing resources, people and institutions together, the Farm Hub is building programming to harness the region’s strengths for a more resilient future.
Fiscal Sponsorship: The Farm Hub is part of the non-profit Local Economies Project (LEP). LEP’s mission is to build an equitable and ecologically resilient food and farm economy in the Hudson Valley. Based in Kingston, New York, LEP is sponsored by the New World Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Farm Hub land was purchased by NoVo Foundation with an agreement that LEP would manage the creation of the Farm Hub.