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more land access training workshops for new york

american farmland trust

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:  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: 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


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collaboration for mutual aid

Hudson Valley greenhorns, take note.


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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send your hudson valley peeps to the nyfc benefit!

Our cocktail party to benefit NYFC’s work in 2014 is fast approaching! Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 8th (one week from today) at the Red Devon Restaurant in Bangall at5pm for delicious food and drink, beautiful art and good conversation. sawkill-farm-watching-over-the-pics-small

We’re teaming up with the Hudson Valley Seed Library for an exhibit of their spectacular Art of the Heirloomcollection and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury will be joining us to talk about the future of farming in the Valley.

All proceeds will support our work in 2014, including: working with land trusts to make farmland affordable, working with the USDA to reform programs to better target young, organic and diversified growers, and helping young farmers launch new NYFC chapters across the country.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here or please rsvp to if you plan to buy your ticket at the door. Farmer tickets are only $25!

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hudson rising – a new movie about revival

They’re still seeking some funding. Check out the indiegogo campaign


Hudson Rising: Stories of Revival from the Hudson Valley

We’re trying to complete our movie about the Hudson Valley – and we need your help to do it!

After three years, production of Hudson Rising is nearly complete and the premiere is scheduled for October 26th 2013! Hudson Rising is a collection of stories celebrating citizens who are making a difference in the Valley: kids rebuilding downtowns, farmers reinventing farming, the scientist who dreamed that the Hudson Valley could become the next Silicon Valley, and many more. Continue reading

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millbrook, ny estate seeks farmer

We are looking for a farmer to design and manage a new, two to three acre market garden operation on a beautiful Hudson Valley estate. This is a hands-on position with lots of autonomy and responsibilities.


The applicant must be able to create and implement a business plan that allows the farm to be economically self-sustaining by selling at an on-site stand, local markets as well as to restaurants. In addition to the market garden, the farm will include chickens and goats/sheep for the production of dairy products.

The farm will eventually be part of a larger agritourism business on the property that will include a farm-stay, a food, and an education component. Because of the nature of the future business, the garden must be both productive and attractive with flowers and thoughtful design. Once established, a portion of what is produced will be consumed as part of the larger business. Continue reading

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apprentice at great song farm, hudson valley

Great Song Farm — located in New York’s Hudson Valley, across the river from Kingston and the Catskills —  is looking for an apprentice this coming season, April through November. great song Great Song Farm is a community centered farm, providing fresh vegetables for 90 member families through the summer and 25 families through the winter months through an on farm CSA. We cultivate 5 acres, around half planted to vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and manage 25 acres of pasture, 50 in forest, 10 wetland, and an adjacent property of 40 open acres for hay and 50 in woods. Along with our two draft horses who help us with all of our fieldwork, we have 2 heifers we will begin to milk this spring and create yogurt and butter as well as a young bull.  There is also a small flock of 25 chickens for eggs.Our workweek is Monday through Friday and Saturday Morning. Hours will vary throughout the season; we will usually work 10 – 12 hour days with an hour for breakfast and an hour for lunch included, 6 hours on Saturday.
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