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ny: wassail and balkan dance party

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Happy Spring! We are please to invite you to our 20th Annual Wassail. This year we will be joined by an unusually robust group of musicians. There will be wassailing, singing, dancing and feasting among the trees. As always, we invite anyone who would like to camp in the orchard, (which is now certified organic!), to do so. Please note the Wassail is being held at Breezy Hill Orchard-just outside Rhinebeck. There is a lot to celebrate this year, especially our purchase of Stone Ridge Orchard. We will be unveiling some exciting new plans for that farm at the Wassail.

RSVPs are quite important to us to make sure we are cooking the right amount of wonderful foods for you all. The wood fired pizza oven will be cranking, the cider will be pouring. We will have wonderful new hard cider releases which you will be the first to taste. Please help us publicize this event by sharing this email with family, friends and colleagues.   flexible pricing, no one turned away


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long table harvest (a food rescue organization) needs your help!

Long Table Harvest gleans surplus produce from farms in Columbia County and distribute it to those in need. About 1/4 of the population in Columbia County is food insecure and/or low-income. We are working with 14 distribution sites in the county, half are pantries and the other half are non-profits and community organizations already working with community members who would benefit from better access to fresh produce.
They are in the middle of a fundraising campaign via IndieGoGo. If you have a moment, please take a look our campaign and share it with your customers, CSA members, press outlets or anyone you think may want to know about what we are doing. This project is very much a community effort! You can also donate — every dollar counts.


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new food rescue program in the hudson valley

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Long Table Harvest is a farm food rescue program serving low-income residents in Columbia County, NY, co-founded by long-time Greenhorn Audrey Berman. They’ve partnered with 16 farms in the county to glean surplus produce from June to November and are working with 14 pantries and community based organization to distribute produce to those in need. Columbia County is a uniquely fertile region with the second most farms in the Hudson Valley but a quarter of the population has limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Please consider donating to their worthy cause.


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GOOD DIRT premier @ BAM, april 10

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GOOD DIRT is a multimedia performance based on real stories from six diverse farm families in the Hudson Valley. Written by Jeremy Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson of Storyhorse Documentary Theater, GOOD DIRT illustrates the fragility of our agricultural heritage and inspires the audience to rebuild what’s been lost. 

APRIL 10, 2016 // PREMIER
Show starts at 4pm // at the BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
Cocktail reception at 6pm // at BAM Lepercq Space, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The proceeds from this event go to support the work of our good friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Buy tickets here!


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heroic food- apply now!

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The Heroic Food Full-Year Immersion (FYI) Program is designed for veterans with an interest in ecologically sustainable farming for small scale commercial or homestead operations. Trainees either come from local areas and commute from home, or live on the Heroic Food Farm located on 20 tranquil acres just 2 miles outside of Hudson, NY.  They gain hands-on experience through apprenticeships with local mentor farmers, craftspeople and food entrepreneurs. In addition, the program offers workshops, short-courses and individualized support for life and career transitions.

Apply now!


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more land access training workshops for new york

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Agrarian Trust’s May 3rd training workshop with the NY State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYAMP), Negotiation Your Way to Land, is SOLD OUT. You can get a podcast of the program by joining the Agrarian Trust email list.

For those of you in the Hudson Valley, there are two more workshops coming up THIS weekend, hosted by the the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network (HVFN), a project of the American Farmland Trust (AFT) and a partnership of organizations dedicated to improving access to farmland for next generation farmers.

These workshops are focused on farm leasing for farmers and landowners, include farm leasing panels and networking sessions, and will take place in Ulster County and Orange County on May 4th and May 6th, respectively. The workshops will feature panel discussions with local farmers, landowners and attorneys with leasing experience and cover issues including: farm leasing basics; legal issues; farmer and landowner perspectives on what works; common mistakes to avoid; and negotiating the right farm lease for your situation. There will also be opportunities for informal networking sessions with regional farmers and landowners to explore potential matches and to further develop leasing plans.

The May 4 Ulster County workshop will be held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Youth Building, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register call 845-340-3990 or email to: emh56@cornell.edu.  The cost of the workshop is $5 per person and includes snacks and drinks. Pre-register by May 1.

The May 6 Orange County workshop will be held at Kaplan Hall, The Great Room at SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, One Washington Center, Newburgh from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   To register, call 845-344-1234 or send email to: mru2@cornell.edu. The cost of this workshop is $10 for an individual or $15 for a farm or family and includes snacks and drinks. Pre-register by May 2.

Funding for both workshops is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.

For more information about these workshops and other Hudson Valley Farmlink Network projects, contact Tim Biello at tbiello@farmland.org.

 


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collaboration for mutual aid

Hudson Valley greenhorns, take note.

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Collaboration for Mutual Aid: Feb. 25th 6-9:30 PM.
New small farms are proliferating here in the Valley.  In the coming years, we may face some direct-marketing challenges, but also more potential to work together for mutual benefit. What do we need to capture more value?  How can we  tap the opportunities arising?  What do we want for our farms?

On Tues, Feb. 255h, 6-9:30pm, farmers from Columbia and Dutchess counties will come together to generate and troubleshoot ideas for collaboration.  Continue reading

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