Celebrating the 2018 Native American Seed Sanctuary Harvest


On November 10 friends, volunteers, and Farm Hub staff joined representatives from the Akwesasne community and Seedshed for a traditional harvest ceremony to celebrate the third harvest of the Native American Seed Sanctuary. Highlights included corn braiding, bean threshing, and tastings of traditionally prepared corn mush made with corn from the three sisters garden. The Farm Hub is grateful for the […]

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The Farm Hub and the Kingston YMCA Farm Project Partner on New Winter Market


The Hudson Valley Farm Hub and The Kingston YMCA Farm Project are partnering to make fresh produce available to all Kingston residents through the fall and winter months. This new winter market will begin on November 15 and will run every Thursday through the month of January 2019 from 3:30-6:00 pm in the lobby of the Kingston YMCA at 507 […]

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Farm Hub and Partners Celebrate Five Years of Small Grains Research


“We’ve achieved proof of concept.” To celebrate the last five years of small grains research, the Farm Hub held an event Tuesday recognizing the progress made and the eleven partners in the Hudson Valley that made this project possible. This research aims to determine which varieties of wheat, barley, rye, and oats can be grown in the Hudson Valley organically […]

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ProFarmer Andrew Casner Donates Over 2,200 Pounds of Black Futsu Squash


Over the past two weeks, ProFarmer Andrew Casner donated over 2,200 pounds of Black Futsu squash that he grew as part of his field project. The squash was processed with volunteers from UlsterCorps and the youth crew from the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. The volunteers cut, baked, bagged, and then froze the squash for donation during the winter months! Even the seeds were […]

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Brooke Pickering-Cole Speaks on Hudson River Stories Panel


Farm Hub Director Brooke Pickering-Cole participated in a panel discussion moderated by Carolyn Kormann of The New Yorker with Jen Benson, the Outreach Coordinator for Riverkeeper, and Maija Niemisto, the Education Director for Clearwater. The panel was part of a Hudson River Stories film screening at the Lumberyard in Catskill on October 7. One of the films shown was Seeds of Hope, a short documentary […]

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Sharing the Results of the Farm Hub’s Nematode Research Trial


On October 27 Elson Shields and Tony Testa of Cornell University visited the Farm Hub to share research findings on our ongoing nematode research trial with Teresa Rusnik of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. The focus of the discussion was on the positive results from the trial’s first year: Nematodes have decreased the presence of soil-dwelling […]

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Farm Hub Hosts Twilight on Native Meadow Trials


Thanks to everyone who came out on September 20 to see the Farm Hub’s native meadow trials. Anne Bloomfield, the Farm Hub’s farmscape ecology coordinator, along with Claudia Knab-Vispo, Erin Allen, and Conrad Vispo of Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program, led the participants through three kinds of meadows replicated in three locations. Two years since seeding, they also shared research and […]

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Wild Earth and Kingston YMCA Farm Project Visit the Native American Seed Sanctuary


Thank you to Wild Earth and youth from the Kingston YMCA Farm Project for lending a hand to help us and SEEDSHED at our Native American Seed Sanctuary last week! Mary Arquette, of the Akwesasne community, led a discussion about the Three Sisters Garden and its symbolism and importance as a traditional growing method. For more information about this project, click here.

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Wes Jackson Visits the Farm Hub’s Kernza Field


We can’t help but feel a little proud of our Kernza field. Wes Jackson, the executive director of Kansas-based The Land Institute, recently visited the Farm Hub to see the field and the Kernza’s encouraging progress. This is the second year that we’ve grown Kernza at the Farm Hub, and it will be harvested later this month and sent to the […]

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The Farm Hub Welcomes Field Crops Production Manager Jay Goldmark


We are pleased to welcome our new field crops production manager, Jay Goldmark. With experience as both a farmer and educator, Jay’s background makes him uniquely equipped for this newly created position at the Farm Hub. Until recently, Jay was based in eastern Washington managing his third-generation family farm, Double J Ranch, where he was instrumental in implementing no-till seeding […]

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Pine Bush Students Glean Blueberries at Farm Hub


Thank you so much to all the hardworking students of Pine Bush middle and high school and Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County who volunteered to harvest blueberries yesterday at the Farm Hub! These organic blueberries are being donated to local food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. There are a lot more blueberries to harvest, so if you’re interested, please join us! Volunteer […]

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Farm Hub Hosts Garlic Twilight


In the spirit of the garlic harvest season, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Vegetable Specialists Crystal Stewart, Teresa Rusinek, and Ethan Grundberg co-hosted an in-field garlic twilight meeting at the Farm Hub. The group presented on fusarium control methods and on effective weed suppression and mulching methods, including black plastic and while plastic mulches compared to straw and bare ground. Thank […]

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Reducing Pest Populations with an Integrated Pest Management Strategy


Farmscape Ecology Coordinator Anne Bloomfield releases 60,000 Trichogramma wasps into the corn field to help reduce the European corn borer population, a common pest in the region that can do significant damage to corn. The release of these wasps is part of the Farm Hub’s Integrated Pest Management strategy.

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Language Justice: Hearing All Voices at the Farm Hub


(Spanish translation to follow/traducción en español abajo) On a cold yet bright mid-winter day, members of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s language justice team gathered in the farm’s classroom to discuss efforts to democratize language within the organization and, by extension, shift the team dynamics on the farm. The panelists were: Caitlin- Manager, Organizational Culture and Team Development Eustacio- Vegetable Team Member […]

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New Projects on the Horizon for ProFarmer Trainees


In the second year of the Farm Hub’s ProFarmer program, farmer trainees develop independent projects around one crop and within a specific area of interest. The purpose is to gain direct experience managing a crop organically, from start to finish, over a growing season. This year, ProFarmers are working with strawberries, squash, and hops—with support from staff and mentors. Each […]

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Kingston YMCA Farm Project


On Friday, April 13, the Farm Hub joined the YMCA Farm Project in Kingston for a volunteer work-day to help build greenhouse tables, prep the garden, and teach students how to use power tools. Together with the Farm Project’s education director, Susan Hereth, and eight student workers, the team pitched in to kick off the YMCA’s fifth growing season and […]

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Seeds of Hope Premiere


On Wednesday, March 28, an enthusiastic audience of over 200 gathered at the Senate Garage in Kingston for the debut screening of “Seeds of Hope,” a short documentary that tells the story of a collaborative initiative to preserve Native American culture and foodways through seed saving at the Farm Hub.  The project was formed in 2016 as a partnership between […]

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Event Invitation: Seeds of Hope


Seeds of Hope Wednesday, March 28, 2018 The Senate Garage 4 N. Front St. Kingston 6:30 PM Join the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Seedshed, and Oceans 8 Films at the Senate Garage in Kingston, NY on March 28th at 6:30 PM for a screening of Seeds of Hope! This short documentary film tells the story of a collaborative initiative to preserve […]

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ProFarmer Helps Farmers Rebuild in Puerto Rico


This past December, second year ProFarmer, Jayne Henson, traveled to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes to help farmers rebuild and prepare for the challenges ahead. Below is a firsthand account of Jayne’s experience. In early September 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the coast of Puerto Rico, leaving over one million people without electricity. Less than two weeks […]

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Farm Hub Seeks In-Field Education Manager


The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is now seeking to fill the full-time position of ProFarmer In-Field Education Manager. As a part of the leadership team at the Farm Hub, the In-Field Education Manager will be responsible for in-field instruction, mentoring, and the daily supervision of ProFarmer trainees, who are full-time, year-round Farm Hub employees. He/she will be instrumental in furthering […]

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Seeds of Hope: A Pollen Path to Reconciliation


On October 26, the eve of the harvest for the Native American Seed Sanctuary at the Farm Hub, core project members came together to speak to the community about the significance of seeds in indigenous culture, the burgeoning seed sovereignty movement, and the Seed Sanctuary as a manifestation of both. Over 100 people gathered in the front room of the […]

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Stewards of the Land: Balancing Crop Production and Wildlife Conservation Goals


Contributed by Farm Hub Farmscape Ecology Coordinator Anne Bloomfield I’m standing in a hayfield in May. Listening. Turning my head into the wind, I close my eyes and try to make out a distant song. Then, as if on cue, there it is. One day earlier than last year. It’s the song of the Bobolink, a grassland bird with a […]

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Event Invitation: Seeds of Hope


The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is a proud supporter of the following event. For more information, visit SeedShed. Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World: Restoring Indigenous Seed Sovereignty  with Rowen White, Mohawk Seed Keeper and Indigenous Seed Food Sovereignty Activist Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:00pm 8:30pm Marbletown Community Center  3564 Main St, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 Through her work […]

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ProFarmer Project Explores Herb Varieties


Farms are shaped as much by the interests of individual farmers as they are by climate and soil. The Farm Hub is offering farmer trainees the opportunity to pursue these interests while still in training in a supportive environment. As a ProFarmer completes year-one of the program, he or she works with staff to design an individual project for the […]

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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 Hawthorne 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 Names Interim Director


On June 1st, Brooke Pickering-Cole assumed the role of interim director of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. The transition in leadership comes as the Farm Hub and the Local Economies Project teams have grown into two separate programs. Farm Hub operations and programming will be overseen by Brooke as interim director, along with the senior management team, which includes Eddie […]

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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


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 can easily cross-pollinate with other varieties of the […]

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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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