In Brief: Fall 2020



On the farm…

Women’s Tractor Intensive

In October we hosted a two-day, in-person tractor intensive for women which covered tractor safety, daily maintenance and operationThe training was led by local farm mechanic Sarah Groat and included hands-on driving practice; some of the Farm Hub’s female operators were also present to offer one-to-one assistance. In November we hosted an in-person tractor training intensive (“Capacitación del Tractor”) covering safety and operation for Spanish speaking farmers 

Native Meadow Trial Twilight Meeting
We hosted the third Native Meadow Trial twilight meeting on Sept. 22 during which members of our Applied Farmscape Ecology Team, including lead researchers Conrad Vispo and Claudia Knab-Vispo, shared the latest highlights and findings. Read more about the NMT Twilight meeting here.

Sparrow Walk at the Farm
On September 26 the Applied Farmscape Ecology Program hosted a walk for birders focused on observing sparrows in farmland habitats. The walk was organized by the John Burroughs Natural History Society and led by Peter Schoenberger, a birder, JBNHS Trustee, and local nature photographer.

Field Crops Certified
The Farm Hub received organic certification for fields crops from NOFA-NY (Northeast Farming Association of New York) this past summer. Certification means that the Farm Hub meets the federal standards for organic products set by the USDA National Organic Program. 


Off the farm…

Free Farm Stand at the Institute for Family Heath
We partnered with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project on the “free farm stand,” which ran from July through October at the Institute for Family Health in Kingston. The farm stand provided free vegetables for the community in response to the growing need for fresh and local food revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The produce was grown by the Farm Hub and Kingston YMCA Farm Project. 

YMCA Winter Market Opens
The Kingston YMCA Winter Market, featuring produce from the Farm Hub, launched on Nov. 5 at the Kingston YMCA. The staple offerings include broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and salad greens. There’s a lineup of new produce and items this year such as Sunshine Kabocha squash, winter radishes, Brussel sprouts, tomatoes and peppers along with dry beans and bread flour. Please follow @kingstonymcafarmproject on Facebook for details and weather-related cancellations. 


On Zoom:  Farm Hub staff featured as guest speakers

Innovating During COVID-19, SUNY New Paltz
In October, Sarah Brannen, Associate Director of Programs, was a panelist at the 5th Hudson Valley Future Summit `Innovating in the time of COVID-19’ in which local leaders shared strategies their organizations adopted to overcome challenges from the pandemic. The Summit is organized and hosted annually by SUNY New Paltz. 

“Farmscape Ecology” at Bard 
The short film “Farmscape Ecology” (released earlier this year) screened as part of an adult learner environmental film class at Bard College taught by filmmaker Jon Bowermaster this autumn. The film, a collaboration between the Farm Hub and Bowermaster, highlights research within the  Applied Farmscape Ecology Program. Anne Bloomfield, the Applied Farmscape Ecology Program Manager, joined in a post-screening Q&A with students. 

Discussing Food and Ecology, Columbia University
Anne Bloomfield, Applied Farmscape Ecology Program Manager, was a speaker at the ’NYC Foodshed’ panel held as part of the course ‘Food, Ecology & Globalization’ taught by Sara Kross at Columbia University (Kross is a member of the Farm Hub’s Applied Farmscape Ecology Research Collaborative). At the December event Bloomfield discussed the Farm Hub’s programmatic exploration of the relationship between ecology and agriculture. 

To read In Brief: Summer 2020 click here.