News & Notes
The difficult conversations about racism and social justice that the murder of George Flloyd brought to the national forefront this summer are continuing within New York’s cider community and sparking action. Over the past decade, Glynwood has advocated for the values of agricultural stewardship and craftsmanship that define New York cider. In 2020, advancing the values of the cider industry must include working towards social justice in the sector.
This longer post takes a deep dive into protecting farms and farmland in the Hudson River Valley. The character of the Hudson Valley is so unique precisely because of this diverse landscape that brings together forests, small cities and towns with proximity to a large urban center, with agriculture that ranges from mixed vegetable production to orchards and livestock. Supporting agriculture protects and promotes vibrant rural communities and helps maintain a regional identity for the Hudson Valley.
Did you know that the vast majority of Glynwood’s revenue comes from individuals? These are individuals who care about our work and our mission. These individuals give $25, $100, $5,000, or any amount that is meaningful to them. Without this support, we would not be able to train farmers, provide mentorship through our business incubator program, donate food to local pantries, or create meaningful coalitions throughout the region.
Our partners at The Hudson Valley Farm Hub offered a tractor workshop specifically for women. The Farm Hub partnered with local tractor mechanic Sarah Groat to offer this training. Sarah Groat, who is based in Kingston NY, maintains equipment for several Hudson Valley farms and is available for urgent repairs on an as needed basis. With her combined experience in tractor operation, maintenance, and repair, she was the perfect person to teach a tractor workshop for women.
Farmland access is one of the most significant barriers to starting a farm operation, particularly in the Northeast, where land prices are incredibly high. Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood’s Director of Farmer Training, works with new and seasoned farmers as a Farmlink Navigator to support them in accessing appropriate land for their operation. One of his biggest takeaways from years in this work is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to land access. There are so many creative projects that connect farmers to land. Here are three stories that share different aspects of this work that Dave leads at Glynwood.