Welcome

Welcome!

Long before the earliest European settlers arrived, native peoples tilled the rich soils of the Rondout Valley, a fertile floodplain stretching from Kingston to Ellenville, between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. Today the Rondout Valley yields over 17 million pounds of food each year – plus flowers and herbs, nursery stock and Christmas trees, livestock and horse farms, and much more.

Our Local Farmers and Growers
Provide us with high-quality, fresh, safe, local food
Preserve local agricultural open space
Protect the Valley’s fertile agricultural soils
Raise livestock for food, work and recreation
Connect farms to schools and children
Reduce our carbon footprint
Increase the health and well-being of the community

The Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA) supports our farming community – a diverse array of over 60 farms from 13th-generation families to newcomers. We are supported in our mission by local businesses, residents and the community to:
Strengthen farms and our local economy
Support innovative farming practices
Help bring food security to underserved populations
Build community among farmers, and between farmers, neighbors, schools and beyond
Educate, celebrate and advocate about the importance of local food and local farms


Search our directory to find produce, products, or services offered by the Rondout Valley Growers.
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We depend on donations, grants & volunteers to keep farming strong. donateThank you for your generous support.

Featured Grower

Living The Sweet Life – Damn Good Honey Farm

Farming couple Jennifer and Keith Duarte are the proud owners of Damn Good Honey Farm, our March Featured Growers. Founded in 2015, Damn Good Honey Farm’s mission is to increase the number of people working with bees and awareness of the challenges they face today. Read on to learn more about Keith and Jennifer’s farming … Continue reading Living The Sweet Life – Damn Good Honey Farm

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RVGA NEWS

A New Chapter Begins at RVGA: Executive Director Deborah DeWan passes the baton to Carol L. Reiser

Since its formation in 2003, the Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA) has been providing a voice for local farming. Started as a small, farmer-led group conceived by Founding President Bruce Davenport and founding board member Fabia Wargin, RVGA has been building support for the farm community, and continues to grow. And since 2012 Deborah DeWan … Continue reading A New Chapter Begins at RVGA: Executive Director Deborah DeWan passes the baton to Carol L. Reiser

Celebrated Chef and RVGA Board Member John Novi Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On Sunday June 11th, John Novi– Legendary Master Chef and nationally recognized pioneer in the Farm-to-Table Movement — received the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mohonk Consultations! It was an incredible event;  a full house and then some. Leave it to John to bring out a warm and connected crowd! And to arrange with Mohonk’s … Continue reading Celebrated Chef and RVGA Board Member John Novi Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Volunteering for RVGA

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.