HUDSON VALLEY FARM HUB
With a commitment to sustainable agriculture, environmental renewal, and economic vitality in the Hudson Valley, the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation is stewarding the creation of a multi-faceted Farm Hub in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley Farm Hub will serve as a regional center forfarmer training, agricultural research and demonstration of innovative farm technologies. The Farm Hub is located on the former Gill Farm, on 1,255 acres of highly productive prime farmland in one of the most scenic and productive agricultural regions in the Hudson Valley.
The mission of the Farm Hub is to:
- Provide training for new and existing farmers in sustainable agriculture and marketing
- Support research and demonstration of new technologies and practices that promote resiliency
- Assist farmers with secure and affordable access to land
- Assist farmers as they establish and grow their operations
- Serve as an educational resource for advances in local food and farming in the Hudson Valley
The farm property offers a unique opportunity to enhance the land with state-of-the-art resilient agriculture and farmland conservation practices. There will also be ample opportunity to demonstrate farm-based renewable energy opportunities like solar and wind and explore new opportunities to turn food and farm waste into compost. The Local Economies Project has worked with a group of advisors and grantee partners over the last three years to identify barriers and opportunities for building a resilient food system. Collaborators include leading national institutions like the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, statewide groups like NOFA-NY and Cornell Small Farms Program, regional organizations like Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Glynwood, Grow NYC/ New Farmers Development Project, and local partners like Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCE-UC), Rondout Valley Growers, Hawthorne Valley Farm and Roxbury Farm.
During the 2014 transition year we have:
- Initiated applied research projects in conduction with Cornell University and CCE-UC
- Implemented an extensive cover cropping program
- Met extensively with farmers to identify research and training needs
- Opened the farm stand on Route 209 for the 2014 growing season
We have also formed the Farm Hub Management Team that includes:
Anu Rangarajan, Director
John Gill, Associate Director for Farm Operations
Jean Paul Courtens, Associate Director for Farmer Training
In-depth master planning for the Farm Hub will continue into 2015 and will involve working closely with a network of regional and local partner organizations to solicit input from a broad range of stakeholders and community leaders.
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