November 10, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
Donald Arrant, staff member at Glynwood Farm. Photo by Sara Forrest.
The average age of farmers in the Hudson Valley was 57 years old in 2007 (according to our analysis of data from the most recent Census of Agriculture), up from 55 years old in 2002.
But, we saw an increase in the number of farmers under the age of 25.
For farming to survive, it must be a viable career for a new generation of farmers. Getting some “new blood” into the profession is essential, and equally critical is equipping those farmers with the skills to survive as businesspeople, particularly as our agricultural economy continues to transition.
Glynwood, in collaboration with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, plans to pilot a course on farm budgeting, business planning, and financing in the spring of 2011. We hope that the success of this effort will lead to a range of collaborative program offerings on farm management training.
Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood's CSA Manager. Photo by Sara Forrest.
In preparation, our CSA Manager Dave Llewellyn has been exploring resources that will help us do that. He recently attended a meeting of the USDA Beginning Farmer Learning Network, and files this report:
October 3, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
The summer is really giving way to autumn as of this writing. Some of our heat-loving crops are slowing down and we’ve begun distributing cool weather crops like spinach, leeks and arugula. Several weeks remain in the CSA season with lots of great food to come – winter squash is curing in the greenhouse, while cabbages and broccoli are growing in the field.
We are thinking of expanding our fields in 2011. The CSA has been a big hit and we’d like to serve more people in the community. In addition to adding additional CSA shares, we would also like to help supply the Haldane Farm to School effort and increase donations to area food banks. With those goals in mind, we are drawing up business plans with the hope to open up an additional five acres. This expansion will also allow us to offer a wider range of produce.
More details to follow after our Harvest Season!
July 28, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
The last lettuce transplants. Garlic and onions curing.
This has been a fine season for our heat-loving crops. It has been a challenge working in this weather, so I tip my cap more than ever to our hardworking crew. There was a stretch there when we were battling drought and irrigating section by section, for 20 consecutive days. These things must happen to keep the crops alive in heat spells like we’ve had.
It has been a pretty excellent season so far. The relative failure of the spring broccoli keeps us humble though: the broccoli took a beating from the heat, so we are not seeing much of that. We can look forward to fall broccoli though, which was transplanted today.
May 17, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
Starting this week, dozens of young farmers-in-training from all over the Hudson Valley will begin convening weekly to learn more about their trade. CRAFT, or the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, provides the means for supplementing on-farm training in a cooperative effort with a number of participating farms. A CRAFT visit is an operational tour, a talk or demonstration on a specific farm management topic, a networking opportunity for young farmers, and an occasion to socialize.