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
Flying Change Farm on Airport Road in Accord is celebrating its 25th anniversary! And RVGA celebrates Flying Change Farm as our Featured Grower. Flying Change is a horse farm that offers private riding lessons to adults and children beginners. Its founder and owner Diane Schoonmaker epitomizes what it is to be a farmer in the … Continue reading Flying Change Farm LLC
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The Harvest Event of the Season in the heart of the Rondout Valley! Join farmers and neighbors on Saturday, September 24th at RVGA’s 14th annual Harvest Hoedown and Local Food Barbecue. Rain or shine, 3-9 at Marbletown Park on Tongore Road. Our famous local food farm-to-table feast, “Slaw Off”, bake sale, snacks, wine and local … Continue reading Tickets Now Available for 2016 Harvest Hoedown
Read more about why buying local food supports all of us.
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.