Farm to Community

Keep Local Farming Strong!


What keeps local farming strong?
It’s the support of the entire community expressed in tangible and intangible ways.  We each have a role to play in strengthening the agricultural fabric of the Rondout Valley. Buying locally grown food for the family table, getting to know our local growers and what it takes to grow the food we eat are so important.

Zephyr Teachout campaign stop at Havana Grill.

Attending RVGA forums and public meetings to hear from farmers and others about the challenges facing existing family farms and the future of agriculture; how to bring fresh local produce into our schools, provide for the food insecure, and preserve irreplaceable agricultural open space for future generations benefit both our farms and the community at large.

Volunteering and attending events to help support local farming and learn more about the unique services farms provide for our well-being is invaluable — and fun!

The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms conference sponsored by Rondout Valley Growers Association and Mohonk Consultations held at Mohonk Mountain House on April 12, 2015. Charles Hurd, Pete Taliferro, Sara Grady and Deborah DeWan. Panelists: Charles Noble, Jean-Paul Courtens, Elizabeth Higgins, Anna Elbon, Charles Hurd, Pete Taliaferro, Sara Grady, Deborah DeWan

Grants and donations go a long way to help us build and create tools like mobile billboard displays and exhibits to increase visibility and educate visitors about local agriculture.

Our periodic e-newsletters and Facebook page highlight RVGA and local farming events, important agricultural news and updates on our various initiatives.

We are so grateful for the generous support for our Farm to Community programs. Local business sponsors, nonprofits and dozens of volunteers help us bring our message about the importance of local food and farming to an ever-widening circle. We are proud to partner with community organizations such as the Rondout Valley Business Association, the Ellenville Library & Museum, Mohonk Consultations, Sage Arts, Family of Woodstock, UlsterCorps, Rondout Valley Schools, High Meadow School, SUNY New Paltz, Ulster County, and other groups and individuals to produce these Farm to Community events and initiatives.

RVGA Farm to Community Programs seek to engage everyone in our community through co-sponsored talks and panel discussions throughout the year.  We have information tables at local events and festivals during the growing seasons — like the Jenny Bell Pie Festival, Common Ground Celebration, Founders Day and High Falls Day. Come visit us!

Each fall we celebrate our farmers and the bountiful harvest with an annual Barn Dance and Local Food Barbecue — the event of the year for all ages and not to be missed!

Stay connected via Facebook and continue to visit us here for more information.  Thanks for your support!

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