- Director Brooke Pickering-Cole joined U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s new agriculture advisory group made up of 40 growers and agricultural leaders in the region. The group serves as a sounding board on agriculture in upstate New York.
- ProFarmer Andrew Casner’s Black Futsu squash appeared in the Hudson Valley Seed Company’s 2019 catalog. Andrew grew Black Futsu squash – a Japanese winter squash – as part of his 2018 project and donated much of it to UlsterCorps
- Adriana Pericchi discussed her responsibilities as language justice coordinator and the role language justice plays in organizations in an interview with Radio Kingston. “We’re aiming to reach a place in which interpretation is systematic, it’s part of everything,” said Adriana in the interview.
- In April, the Applied Farmscape Ecology Team, including Farmscape Ecology Coordinator Anne Bloomfield and Conrad and Claudia Vispo of Hawthorne Valley Farm will be presenting at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield, Mass. Their presentation will explore the role on-farm habitats play in supporting agriculture and biodiversity conservation in the Hudson Valley. NENHC is the largest forum for applied field biology and natural history researchers in the northeast and adjacent Canada.
- Broccoli, sweet corn and carrots topped the list of our donated produce in 2018. Of the 146,300 pounds of vegetables and fruits we harvested in 2018, 28,069 pounds of broccoli, sweet corn at 27,700 pounds of sweet corn and 15,800 pounds of carrots, and 7,000 pounds of parsnips came in fourth. We donate regularly to UlsterCorps, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County’s gleaning program, and People’s Place food pantry.
- `Growing With the Grain’ continues to make its rounds as part of the new “Hope on the Hudson 2 series (Source to Sea, Growing With the Grain & Undamming the Hudson River).” The series was produced by Jon Bowermaster, environmental filmmaker, writer, activist. Screenings will be held at April 25 at the Jacob Burns Theater in Pleasantville and May 9 at the Towne Crier in Beacon. In February, the film showed at the Hudson Valley Grains School with Associate Director of Programming Sarah Brannen introducing the film to the audience. Sarah says, “We were grateful for the chance to show `Growing with the Grain’ to an audience of people from all throughout the northeast working toward a local, sustainable food system that…includes grains.”