Notes below are from our friend at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Ariana Taylor-Stanley | Northeast Regional Organizer, Northeast Farm Bill Organizing Project – In partnership with American Farmland Trust. Here is NSAC’s press release on the draft bill as a whole. Here is a statement from American Farmland Trust on the draft bill. Here … Continue reading DRAFT FARM BILL (House), As of April 12, 2018 – Notes from NSAC & American Farmland Trust
About 35 farmers, presenters, RVGA Board members and staff gathered on March 15 at the Rondout Municipal Center’s Blackboard Bistro to catch up with each other, meet new members, and hear about the latest strategic developments at RVGA. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Peggy Elkins of Farm Family Insurance Solutions and Richard … Continue reading RVGA Annual Farmer Dinner Recap
Attention, Ulster County residents who own farmland –The Ulster County Planning Board is now considering applications from qualifying landowners to be included as a NYS Certified Ag District! The Planning Board’s deadline for receiving completed applications is March 30, 2018. For more information on the Ag District Inclusion process, or to request an application form, … Continue reading The Ulster Co. 2018 Ag District Application Window is Now Open! (March 1-30)
There’s Still Time To Show Your Love For Local Food & Farming This Year, With A Tax-Deductible Gift to RVGA!
Winter has just begun, but RVGA is already sowing seeds for next year’s growth! Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution By December 31 to help build our capacity to support our farmers and the Rondout Valley’s Living Economy, in 2018 and Beyond! Your charitable contribution is as important to us as nutrient-rich soil, rain, sunshine and oxygen … Continue reading There’s Still Time To Show Your Love For Local Food & Farming This Year, With A Tax-Deductible Gift to RVGA!
As we now enter the heart of the holiday and gift-giving season, make RVGA a charitable priority and help us achieve our ambitious goal of raising $5,000 dollars by December 31st. These funds will build capacity to nurture already existing projects, like our highly-successful Farm-to Food-Pantry Program, which provided 73,239 pounds of produce this year – … Continue reading This Giving Season, Join the Movement And Help RVGA Sow Seeds For Growth!
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!
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
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!