The Farm Hub’s Fourth Season


What’s happening at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub? Now in its fourth season, the Farm Hub is growing up in more ways than one, with a range of activities geared towards our vision for a resilient food system.  Cover crops are essential agricultural tools for increasing biological activity and water retention in the soil, mitigating erosion, controlling pests, and increasing […]

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Gleaning and Giving


This summer, the Farm Hub teamed up with the UlsterCorps Farm to Food Pantry Program volunteers to provide freshly picked blueberries to Hudson Valley residents in need.  “We didn’t want our surplus of blueberries to go to waste because, first of all, they’re delicious and nutritious,” says Jeff Scott, the Farm Hub’s marketing and logistics coordinator. “And, second, it’s important for […]

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Natural Benefits: Native Meadows at the Farm Hub


Ecological farming methods such as the use of cover crops can provide habitat for beneficial insects and birds while restoring soil health. The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is working with the Hawthrone Valley Farmscape Ecology Program and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on two multi-year trials—the Native Meadow Trial and the Wet Meadow Trial—in an effort to study the effects of […]

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Farm Hub Field Trials


During the growing season, Farm Hub visitors are likely to find agricultural educators walking the fields, making observations, and taking soil and crop samples. In the four years since its founding, the Farm Hub has hosted annual field trials in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). These trials are tailored […]

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Farm Hub Hosts Fifth Annual Hudson Valley Small Grains Day


On June 12, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County welcomed distillers, brewers, bakers, farmers, and other stakeholders at the Fifth Annual Hudson Valley Small Grains Day. The event featured viewings of the small grains variety plots, including winter and spring wheat, winter and spring barley, rye, oats, and spelt. Cornell University’s Dr. Mark Sorrells and […]

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Lindsey Shute of the National Young Farmers Coalition on Supporting Young and Beginning Farmers


Lindsey Shute is the co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). Headquartered in the Hudson Valley, NYFC campaigns on behalf of young and beginning farmers across the country. New farmers face a unique set of challenges like the high cost of farmland, student debt, and complex regulations. Through community building, mentoring, and advocacy, Shute and NYFC work to empower […]

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Jeff Arnold Joins the Farm Hub as Production Manager


The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is pleased to announce that Jeff Arnold has joined the Farm Hub as the Production Manager.  A New York native, Arnold comes to the Farm Hub with experience as a vegetable farmer for Thanksgiving Farm in Harris and as a field manager for Hearty Roots Community Farm in Germantown. Arnold will lead the day-to-day operational activities of […]

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Fostering the Relationship Between Food Pantries and Farms


Farmers donated over 11 million pounds of food in 2016 in New York State. In the Hudson Valley, charitable and community organizations depend on these donations to stock their year-round pantries. However, these donations often come with costs to the farmers themselves. “There is widespread need for fresh fruits and vegetables in New York’s food emergency system,” explains Susan Zimet […]

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Growing Kernza in the Hudson Valley


The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is pleased to announce a partnership with The Land Institute, a Kansas-based non-profit dedicated to researching sustainable agriculture. The Land Institute’s development of Kernza, a distant cousin to agricultural wheat, could have a significant ecological impact. “It’s an exciting time for the Farm Hub to be involved,” says Elizabeth Haucke, president of Plovgh, an agriculture coordinator […]

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Hudson Valley Farm Hub Co-Sponsors Public Educational Forum on Impacts of Proposed Pilgrim Pipelines


On January 28, KingstonCitizens.org hosted a public forum at Kingston City Hall on the potential impact of the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines in Ulster County. The Hudson Valley Farm Hub was a proud co-sponsor of the event. The Farm Hub’s Associate Director of Community Relations Brooke-Pickering Cole also spoke at the event (see statement below). Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC has proposed building two pipelines, […]

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Announcing Our 2017 ProFarmers


We are pleased to introduce Andrew Casner, Nailah Marie Ellis, Jesus Gonzalez, Jayne Henson, and Briana Quinn, five exceptional young farmers who have been selected to enter the Farm Hub’s ProFarmer Program this spring. Under the direction of Jean-Paul Courtens, the Farm Hub’s associate director for farmer training, they will be joining ProFarmers Jess Clancy, Jesse Goldfarb, and Andrew Pezzulo, […]

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Workshop Explores Crucial Link Between Farming and Biodiversity Conservation


Insects are vital to the maintenance of a vibrant, diverse ecology and contribute to soil and crop health. Yet, due to habitat loss, invasive species, and pesticide use, invertebrate populations are in sharp decline. Solutions to the situation are being sought through the ways in which farmers and private landowners manage their lands. Because crop health is strongly linked to surrounding landscapes via […]

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National Geographic Recognizes Farm Hub for Environmental Stewardship


National Geographic Recognizes Farm Hub for Environmental Stewardship The December issue of National Geographic magazine recognizes the Farm Hub and Ulster County for their environmental stewardship. As part of a full-color map called “Dreaming Big,” the magazine highlights many of the organizations and projects that, together, make the county a leader in environmental conservation, alternative energy, and outdoor recreation. It also focuses on […]

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Small Grains: Big Potential for Hudson Valley Farmers


Throughout the 1800s, small grains like wheat, rye, and barley were big business in the Hudson Valley, feeding a hungry market of bakers, brewers, and distillers in New York City. The development of the Erie Canal and railroads in the first half of the 19th century put New York grain farmers in direct competition with those in the Midwest, and in […]

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Celebrating the First Harvest from our Native American Seed Sanctuary


A seed harvesting workshop with Farm Hub staff, field crew members, and volunteers.

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Field Trials: Are All Root Crops Created Equal?


This year, the Farm Hub once again conducted trials on root vegetable varieties that are widely grown in the Hudson Valley. Because root vegetables store well, crops like carrots and beets can provide farmers with a source of revenue after the growing season is over. Building upon the information gleaned from last year’s trials, the Farm Hub partnered with Crystal […]

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Edamame’s Potential in the Hudson Valley


Integral to the Farm Hub’s mission is a commitment to testing promising new vegetables and grains through field trials tailored to Hudson Valley conditions. The lessons learned can be shared with local farmers so they can benefit from our observations before taking the risks involved in trying out new growing methods and working with unfamiliar crops. As part of this […]

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Results from the Farm Hub’s Soil Health Workshop


Healthy soil grows healthy crops. Though this seems straightforward, many farmers have long diagnosed soil health chiefly by the presence or absence of a handful of simple basic nutrients: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. If the levels got too low, farmers typically added them using natural or processed fertilizers. Problem solved, right? Not necessarily. As shown through recent soil tests and […]

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Farm Hub creates Native American Seed Sanctuary


One of the most exciting projects to take root at the Farm Hub this season is the Native American Seed Sanctuary. Here on our northernmost plot of farmland bordering the Esopus Creek near Kingston, we are growing Native American varieties of corn, beans, squash and sunflowers for the purpose of providing education, seed saving, and, by extension, helping to preserve […]

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ProFarmer: An Innovative Curriculum to Train Future Farmers


Walking through a waist-high field of rye with buckets, shovels, and a measuring contraption called a “penetrometer,” the Farm Hub ProFarmer trainees set out in the rain last week to take soil samples from fields across the farm. Led by Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, our ProFarmers, Jess, Andrew, and Jesse, joined members of the Farm […]

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Testing out the Asparagus Planter


Each spring there is a narrow window when asparagus can be planted. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, it can be impossible to plant as much as a crop plan might demand. In an effort to become more efficient with our asparagus planting, our team took some time over the winter to develop a new asparagus planter with the goal of […]

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Announcing our 2016 ProFarmers


It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the selection of our first cohort of ProFarmer trainees: Jess Clancy, Jesse Goldfarb, and Andrew Pezzullo. The ProFarmer trainees will make up a cohort that includes experienced crew members at the farm, some of whom have worked on the Farm Hub land for as many as twenty years. Through day-to-day training activities […]

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Winter Wildlife: In Search of Birds at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub


It is a common misconception that all birds fly south for the winter. In reality, winter offers the unique opportunity to see certain species of birds that only spend the colder months in our area. Winter in the Hudson Valley brings a timely succession of sparrows, waterfowl, raptors, and other birds that spend the warmer months of the breeding season […]

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Winter on the Farm


Winter on the Farm At the end of the fall, as the last of the harvest comes in and the days start getting shorter, work on the farm shifts into a lower gear. “Winter is a much calmer time of year for us,” Farm Hub Associate Director Jean-Paul Courtens told us recently. “Unlike the busy schedule demanded by the growing […]

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Hudson Valley Seed Library Grows at the Farm Hub


Hudson Valley Seed Library at the Farm Hub From time to time during the growing season, Ken Greene and colleagues from the Hudson Valley Seed Library could be seen walking through Farm Hub fields off Hurley Mountain Road, checking on rows of meticulously planted squash and broccoli. What was the “Seed Squad” doing at the Farm Hub? Because certain vegetables […]

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Small Grains Fall Planting


On a clear day in late September Cornell University researchers returned to the Farm Hub’s northernmost fields to plant a series of carefully selected winter grains. The planting activity, the last of the 2015 growing season, marked the end of the second year for our small grains field trials, a multi-year collaboration between the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Cornell University’s […]

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ProFarmer Training Program Now Accepting Applications


We are now accepting applications for our 2016 ProFarmer Training Program. The ProFarmer Program is a multi-year residential training program for those with farming experience who aspire to obtain professional farm management positions or to own and operate their own farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley. ProFarmer trainees are on the farm full-time year-round and work under the mentorship of […]

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Farmers Review Tomato Varieties at the Farm Hub


On the evening of August 20th Hudson Valley farmers gathered with vegetable specialists at the Farm Hub for an evening centered around tomatoes being grown as part of a variety trial.  Coordinated by Teresa Rusinek of Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program, the trial is part of an ongoing breeding program to develop tomato lines with […]

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Equipment Demonstration Day Brings Hudson Valley Farmers to the Farm Hub


On Saturday July 25th, farmers from across the Hudson Valley gathered at the Farm Hub for an afternoon dedicated to demonstrating innovative cultivation equipment in action on the farm’s expansive vegetable fields. Weed control for commercial scale farming was the theme of the event which, free and open to all farmers, was held in collaboration with CCE’s Eastern New York […]

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First Annual Eastern New York Equipment Demonstration Day


On July 25, the Farm Hub will host the first annual Eastern New York Equipment Demonstration Day, organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, and the Local Economies Project. The Farm Hub is committed to training a new generation of farmers and to providing continuing education for established farmers working in the Hudson Valley. On Saturday […]

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Wholesale in the Hudson Valley


Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Wholesale Producer Readiness Program for the Hudson Valley is offering a workshop at CCE-Ulster County in Kingston on June 29 on growing for wholesale markets. The Hudson Valley Wholesale Producer Readiness Program is sponsored by LEP with support from CCE – Orange County, Cornell National GAPs program, the Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University, and New York State Department of Agriculture […]

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Farm Stand Opens for 2015 Season


The Farm Stand opens for its 2015 season today. Seven days a week from 9am to 6pm the Farm Stand offers great fresh produce grown on the Farm Hub alongside other local food products. “The Farm Stand is a great place to learn more about what’s going on at the Farm Hub this season and to purchase produce grown on the […]

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Farm Stand Opening June 17


The Farm Stand on Route 209 in Hurley will be opening for the 2015 season on Wednesday, June 17th. This season, the Farm Stand will be open seven days a week, from 9am to 6pm through the month of October. Once again, the Farm Stand will feature a wide variety of fresh produce grown at the Farm Hub, as well […]

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Spring Meeting Engages Community


Engaging the Community At the end of April, more than 125 community members joined us on the SUNY Ulster campus for an evening presentation and panel discussion on the Local Economies Project (LEP) and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. Brooke Pickering-Cole, Manager of Community Relations at LEP, opened the presentation with a warm welcome before introducing Bob Dandrew, LEP’s Director. Bob […]

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Join Us: Community Update, April 30th


Join us for a presentation on the Hudson Valley Farm Hub & our regional food system initiatives. Thursday, April 30th 6:30 – 8:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge, Stone Ridge, NY. Information: Local Economies Project supporting the Hudson Valley regional food system. The Farm Hub’s transition from private farm to non-profit center for farmer training and research. The 2015 growing season at the Farm Hub. Conversation: Meet the Farm […]

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Mohonk Consultations Forum to Focus on Family Farms


Mohonk Consultations Forum:  “The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms” When: Sunday, April 12th at 3:00pm – 6:00pm Where: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York Consultations invites the public to register for their annual Spring Forum entitled “The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms” on Sunday, April 12th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. The forum, presented in collaboration […]

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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training in the Hudson Valley


Through a grant from Local Economies Project, Cornell Cooperative Extension is now offering training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) at locations across the Hudson Valley. The next two-day training workshop will take place in Millbrook at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County on March 9th and 10th, 2015. With new and complex regulations governing farm products, understanding food safety requirements […]

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Jean-Paul Courtens Joins Farm Hub as Associate Director


Local Economies Project and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub are pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Courtens has joined the Hudson Valley Farm Hub as Associate Director for Farmer Training. Jean-Paul is the founder and owner of Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, New York, a 375-acre organic and biodynamic farm and one of the largest community supported agriculture programs in the region. […]

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John Gill and Jean-Paul Courtens Awarded for Pioneering Partnership


John Gill, Farm Manager of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, and Jean-Paul Courtens, owner of Roxbury Farms, were honored this month with Glynwood’s 2014 Harvest Award, in recognition of spearheading a pioneering farming partnership to establish sustainable agricultural production at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. John and Jean-Paul are part of LEP’s Farm Hub team, which has been leading the […]

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