News & Notes
The American Academy in Rome (AAR) invited Glynwood President Kathleen Finlay to be a visiting scholar for the month of January 2022 as a leading thinker in regional food systems. She will spend time during her residency at AAR exploring the historical and contemporary regional food system surrounding Rome to identify specific approaches and interventions that foster or hinder a healthy, just and sustainable supply of local food.
We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Becker joined the Glynwood team as Director of Development in November 2021. Her 20+ year career spans all areas of fundraising, with expertise in institutional giving and funding strategy development. Most recently, Jennifer worked as Director of Foundation Relations at The New York Botanical Garden, and previously was Manager of Institutional Giving at Wave Hill. Jennifer has additional professional experience from Stepping Stones Museum for Children; Queens Library; Brooklyn Public Library; The South Street Seaport Museum; and Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Our winter store has jumped around the property a few times in recent years, but has now happily landed for the second year in a row in the small stone building adjacent to Perkins House. Cozy and sporting a fireplace, the winter farm store on a fall evening is a small respite from the cold, warm and inviting. With more Glynwood-grown vegetables, Glynwood-grazed meats, and local goods in stock than ever before, you’ll want to make the trip up the driveway. We look forward to welcoming you to Glynwood and introducing you to all the delicious crops, meats, and local goods that winter has to offer here in the Hudson Valley. See you soon!
This year we’re proud to be raising our own Glynwood-grazed heritage breed Bourbon Red turkeys for Thanksgiving. Raising turkeys can be tricky business, and this year was no exception. As farmers, we do everything we can to protect the livestock that are under our care and give them a good life, but raising livestock on a pasture-based system carries with it certain challenges and risks that can’t be avoided. After losing some birds earlier in the year due to various factors, we bought in more poults. Therefore, we have some turkeys that are a little younger and smaller than the rest of the flock.
Across the region, farms are prepping for the colder months ahead: winter roots are coming out of the ground and into root cellars; animals are returning to the barns and acclimating to hay diets from fresh pasture; and farmers are spending more and more time on their computers, crunching numbers from the past season and readjusting crop plan spreadsheets for 2022.
With this season wrap-up comes the close of the 2021 Food Sovereignty Fund. For the past six months, seventeen regional farms led by BIPOC, LGTBQ+ and/or women farmers have been growing food for fifteen community food access programs across the Hudson Valley and in New York City.