• 01Mar

    The Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is accepting applications for participation – deadline is June 30th, 2015.

    About the Incubator: The Farm Business Incubator is an initiative of Glynwood working to foster the success of new, sustainable farm businesses. The incubator is located on 323 acres of historic farmland owned by the Open Space Institute in New Paltz, NY.  The Farm Business Incubator accepts applications for livestock, value-added, or mixed/diverse enterprises.  Incubator participants are provided with access to land, housing, shared equipment and infrastructure, farm and business mentoring, technical classes and peer learning opportunities. After successfully completing the program, graduates may have the opportunity to transition to long-term land tenure accessed with the assistance of Glynwood and project partners such as OSI.

    How to Apply:  Glynwood is accepting proposals for participation through June 30th, 2015. Three incubator participants will be selected in the fall of 2015 to develop their businesses at the incubator for the 2016 season.  Requirements include a minimum of two years of agricultural experience, a demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture, a strong business proposal and a completed application form. To apply please visit: www.glynwood.org/incubator or contact Stacy Dedring, Farmer Training Program Manager, at sdedring@glynwood.org.

    Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is supported by the Open Space Institute, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30628) and individual philanthropists.

  • 05Feb

    100 acre diversified historic farm: Hyde Park, Duchess County,  New York

    We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and resourceful market gardener to design and manage a new 3/4-acre organic market garden operation, including greenhouse and cold frames, on a beautiful Hudson Valley estate. This is a salaried position, produce grown will go to a restaurant in the city.

    We’re looking for someone with at least three years experience in planning and running an intensive, Eliot Coleman-style vegetable operation. Because of the historic nature of the estate, it is important for the garden to be both productive, and attractive with flowers and thoughtful design.

    This is a part-time position, with overnight accommodation available, and includes the back-up and support of other farmers on site. It would be preferable for you to have had experience growing in the northeast. For the year, beginning March 1, the pay is $25,000. Read more »

  • 26Aug

    We at Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center are once again offering our farming course, beginning in October 2010, called Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings®. This program will include seven classroom sessions in on-farm goal setting, strategic and business planning, marketing, and financial management, for those interested in developing or expanding farming enterprises. Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings is farmer led and farmer taught so participants will gain access to many local and regional farmer-mentor colleagues during the classroom sessions and during four additional field days at local, sustainably managed farms.  After completing a fully articulated and written business plan, participants will be able to have the plan reviewed by a farmer-mentor of their choosing. Read more »

  • 17Mar

    Vernal equinox hogget Cook Off!

    In honor of the vernal equinox, spring and the start of a new growing season, join The Greenhorns and Animal Welfare Approved at Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY on March 20-21 for a celebration of agricultural activities, rural community and a farm to table feast. Thanks to Flying Deer Nature Center, McEnroe Organic Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm and Art & Agriculture for their support.What is a Hogget?
    A Hogget is a yearling lamb yet to be sheared that has been raised on pasture throughout the year and fed hay & legumes from the farm through the winter. Lambs are traditionally born between the end of January and beginning of March. This allows the young lambs to nurse naturally and weaned when the pastures grow back in the spring. The Kinderhook Farm hogget we will be working with reflects the age, size and tenderness of a lamb of this age.

    The event begins with a butchery demonstration of the whole hogget, followed by a cooking demonstration, hide tanning, wool crafts and soap making. Saturday will close with a feast and musical performance by folk collective The Red Rooster. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

    On Sunday the activities will continue with morning Yoga at Kinderhook Farm and tours of McEnroe Organic Farm and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. There are also great local hiking trails, sculpture fields and restaurants worth checking out.

    This weekend couldn’t be possible without the help of farmers and community allies. Please help out by shopping and supporting local businesses.
    www.kinderhookfarm.com; http://flyingdeernaturecenter.org; http://mcenroeorganicfarm.com/; http://www.blacksheepcheese.com; http://www.strongtreecoffee.com; www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org; http://artandagriculture.org/; www.fishkillfarms.com.


    Weekend admission: $45-200/per adult (sliding scale) $15/per child under 12 years old. ***Worktrade options available.Special thanks to butcher Adam Danforth, Chef La Mason and Chef Fiore Tedesco.

    For any Questions please contact: La Mason @ cheflamason@gmail.com or Severine von Tscharner Fleming @ severine@pixiepoppins.org Read more »

  • 12Aug

    Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY, will be offering a farmer training program beginning in October 2009, called Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings®.  This program will include nine classroom sessions in on-farm goal setting, strategic and business planning, marketing, and financial management, for those interested in developing or expanding farming enterprises. Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings is farmer led and farmer taught so participants will gain access to many local and regional farmer-mentor colleagues during the classroom sessions and during four additional field days at local, sustainably managed farms.  After completing a fully articulated and written business plan, participants will be able to have the plan reviewed by a farmer-mentor of their choosing.

    They will be bringing apprentices, farmers, landowners and entrepreneurs together to help them all work toward making their agricultural dreams a reality. Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings is a step in this direction. This course is based on curricula developed by the Land Stewardship Project and Angelic Organic’s Learning Center, programs which have graduated over 500 farm entrepreneurs in past years. To learn more, read on… Read more »

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