During the growing season, we welcome farmers for on-site discussions of the Farm Hub’s work as it progresses. These field days and twilight meetings are an invaluable way for farmers to participate in and learn about the resilient practices we are using on the farm.
Check back for more meetings as they are scheduled. We hope that many area farmers will join us, as together we continue to build a collaborative and inspired learning community in Hudson Valley agriculture.
Native Meadow Trial Twilight Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Rain date: Monday, September 24th, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Claudia Knab-Vispo and Conrad Vispo, Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program
Anne Bloomfield, Farmscape Ecology Coordinator, Hudson Valley Farm Hub
Erin Allen, SUNY-Albany and Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program
USDA/NRCS in conjunction with the Xerces Society (a national invertebrate conservation organization) has been promoting and helping to fund the creation of on-farm habitat for beneficial insects. Few of those projects have yet to get started in the Hudson Valley. The Farmscape Ecology team at the Farm Hub in collaboration with the Xerces Society is conducting a research trial with two potential seed mixes for regional application.
In 2017, the Farm Hub established three trial plots with the goal to understand what native meadow seed mixes and management system used in erosion-prone areas can produce quality habitat for beneficial insects and grassland birds in our region.
We will share our experience thus far in terms of planning (with help from Xerces Society), choice of species, the field work undertaken to establish and manage the plots without the help of herbicides over two seasons. We will also explore evidence that the plots are providing habitat for pollinators, pest predators and other wildlife on the farm.
This meeting is for farmers, landscapers, land managers, homeowners and others interested in how open or underutilized space can be planted and managed to create beneficial habitat.
This event will take place in the field, so please dress appropriately. Transport will be provided from the parking area to the native meadow plots.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, though walks-ins are also permitted. To register, please call (845) 331-1187 to register with John Murphy, or email email@example.com.
Click here to learn about our Native Meadow Trial.
Nematode Biocontrol Twilight Meeting
Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details. Until then, please save the date!
Seeds of Hope, a short documentary film on the Farm Hub’s Native American Seed Sanctuary, will screen at various locations until October, 2018. Click here to see the full schedule.
Join our mailing list and be sure to check the “Farmer (growing for commercial sale)” category to stay updated on upcoming farmer event details.
Events are photographed and video recorded for archival purposes. Footage may be used for future educational programming and media.