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
The first hard frost in late October/ November generally marks the end of the growing season for most fruit and vegetable farmers in the Rondout Valley. But for this month’s Featured Farmer, chilly Autumn is when growing activities kick into high gear! Meet Kathy Puffer, owner of Hudson Valley Vertical Farms (HVVF), which uses an … Continue reading Let it snow, let it snow…let it grow (indoors)! – Hudson Valley Vertical Farms
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RVGA’s 15th Annual Harvest Hoedown has now come and gone, but the beautiful memories of farm-fresh food shared with friends and neighbors, a rousing “Zucchini 500” parade, and lively music that had us kicking our heels and swinging our partners well into the night, will remain with us for some time to come. We are deeply grateful … Continue reading Thank You For A Beautiful Harvest Hoedown!
Kick up your heels and swing your partner – the RVGA Harvest Hoedown & Local Food Barbecue is back! Join farmers and neighbors on Saturday, September 23 (4-9, rain or shine!), at Marbletown (“Tongore”) Park, to celebrate local food & farming. There will be fun for everyone – a tractor collection, Zucchini 500 Race, pumpkin … Continue reading 2017 Harvest Hoedown – Tickets Now Available!
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.