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
Nestled in the heart of the Rondout Valley which lies between the Shawangunk Ridge and the foothills of the Catskills, Bell’s Christmas Trees (on Mettacahonts Road, in Accord) is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in November! To mark this important milestone, RVGA has made Bell’s Christmas Trees it’s Featured Grower. Gordon and Paula Bell, along with … Continue reading Bell’s Christmas Trees
Farm to Food Pantry Event
Please join us Tuesday, December 6th from 1-2:30pm at Family of Woodstock (39 John St, Kingston) for a Volunteer Orientation, to learn about how you can get involved in the many collaborative efforts to alleviate hunger and food insecurity in our community.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the 2016 Harvest Hoedown and helped make the event such a success! We can’t thank you enough and are already looking forward to the next Harvest Hoedown in 2017! The RVGA Harvest Hoedown is the Harvest Event of the Season in the heart of the … Continue reading Thank You for a Wonderful Harvest Hoedown
Unsung Heroes was a special event on which the RVGA collaborated with the nonprofit group SageArts, which has a wonderful program. They pair elders in our community with local songwriters who, over a period of months, each meet with an elder and then write a song about the elder’s life. The songs are then performed live by … Continue reading Unsung Heroes Short Film and CD+DVD News
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.