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:
May 26, 2010 by Judith LaBelle
Glynwood has just announced the launch of the first USDA inspected mobile slaughterhouse for large animals east of New Mexico. The Modular Harvest System™ (MHS) addresses a critical gap in the infrastructure needed by livestock producers in the Hudson Valley, a region with many dispersed smaller farms near a major metropolitan market, and provides a model for other similar regions.
Cattle and sheep grazing in the Hudson Valley.
The need for additional slaughtering capacity had been recognized – and studied – for several years. In late 2008, Glynwood created a task force to address this need. (To hear the need described by farmers, chefs and others, please take a look at a video we produced early in this project.)
Having the MHS, a “next generation” modular mobile unit, in operation on its first docking site in Delaware County about 18 months later represents a major accomplishment, achieved with the support, assistance and encouragement of the members of the task force and a great many other people from across the Valley.
But why did Glynwood think it was so important to grasp the nettle on this issue — and believe me, that nettle had some very sharp points along the way!
May 20, 2010 by Sara Grady
Keep Farming in action.
Keep Farming is Glynwood’s community-based program, through which we empower communities to support their local farming. When a community chooses to engage in the program, we become involved in a hands-on process of helping them to identify their agricultural resources and the challenges they may face. We then help them think through options and create a strategy for the future.
May 20, 2010 by Sara Grady
Last year, we created a video about our mission to save farming. We were honored to have the participation of so many leaders in our local system (see the full list of interviewees after the jump).
Since its completion, the video has been touring with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and has played in venues across the country, including California, West Virginia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Utah, Wisconsin – and of course, here at Glynwood.
Please watch and share it widely:
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.
May 9, 2010 by Sara Grady
Welcome to The Glynwood View, where we’ll post news and views about sustainable agriculture and regional food systems. If you’re new to Glynwood, we are a not-for-profit organization located in the lower Hudson Valley — and our mission is to save farming.
It has been a most exciting year so far for our organization! We recently launched the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food & Farming – a “creative action tank” that develops and implements realistic solutions to critical issues within the food system. And just this month, we made historic strides by launching a next-generation modular, mobile slaughterhouse that will begin to solve the challenges faced by small and mid-size livestock farmers who often cannot getting their animals processed and to market. Called the Modular Harvest System™, it is the first of its kind in the country!