News & Notes
Heirloom tomatoes are a summer time staple and each variety has a unique story as well as flavor. Here are the varieties that we grow at Glynwood.
This summer, Glynwood has been honored to host cook-in-residence Phoebe Leon through our ongoing partnership with Gramercy Tavern. Since Phoebe arrived at Glynwood in June, she has been ushered through a series of educational and experiential offerings to help develop her holistic understanding of the food system -- everything from farm visits, to recipes trials, to working with our farm team. Read on for her reflections on her experiences at Glynwood and in our regional food system.
In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of Hudson Valley residents lost their jobs and demand for hunger relief skyrocketed across the region. At the same time, local farms saw increased demand for their products from full price customers, leaving less food to flow into the emergency food system through typical farm donations. It was a perfect storm: those living on the edge of precarity were left unable to access fresh, healthy food, and farmers faced mounting pressures to meet ever increasing demand, all while scrambling to pivot their safety and marketing protocols.
While COVID has amplified our awareness and the urgency of these issues, disparities and vulnerabilities have long existed in our regional food system. Food donations are important, but only provide short-term relief. To correct the systemic inequities that result in food insecurity will require hard, slow, thoughtful work, which is why -- at the urging of our farm and food access partners -- we recently launched our newest initiative: Local Food for Every Table. Inspired by work catalyzed by the Hudson Valley's own Maggie Cheney of Rock Steady Farm, this initiative aims to build a regional food system with food sovereignty at its core, so that every Hudson Valley resident, regardless of ZIP code or income, can access farm-fresh, nutrient dense food.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about Local Food for Every Table in the coming weeks and months, asit is quickly becoming part of Glynwood’s long term strategy. For now, we wanted to share some of the good work this initiative is facilitating as we head into the height of the growing season, while bracing for a second wave of coronavirus and attendant economic challenges this winter.
A recent report by lead authors at Ecological Citizens Project titled "Sink, Store, Reduce, Offset: An Innovative GHG Inventory and Its Implications for Achieving Local Carbon Neutrality" details the sobering reality that we Philipstown residents are heavy feeders in the realm of greenhouse gas consumption. The inventory also provides an estimate for the amount of carbon sequestered by our natural resources.
An exploration of the history of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the United States and globally, observing where credit has been predominantly given and where credit is long overdue.