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
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
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
We are delighted to report that from Earth Day through Memorial Day, our Spring Forward campaign raised over $4,000 in donations and pledges. We are so grateful to all our supporters, including our sponsor the Rondout Esopus Land Conservancy, who generously donated $500 towards gas costs for our Farm to Food Pantry truck . Thank … Continue reading Thank You For A Successful RVGA Spring Forward Campaign and Open House!
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.