News & Notes
The Hudson Valley CSA Coalition will be hosting a virtual CSA Summit on Thursday, February 18. The Summit will be a time to take a collective breath, reconnect, and identify solutions and collaborations to make CSA in our region as successful as possible. Although the Summit is geared towards CSA farmers, we encourage anyone interested to register for the event and spread the word. We look forward to reflecting, learning, and growing together.
Here in the Northeast, cattle and other ruminants are fed hay for about half the year, usually November through April. When we imagine pasture-raised animals, the image that comes to mind is one of cows eating green growing grass. But that is only half the story, for the other six months of the year their diet is primarily dry hay, and the quality and quantity of hay is critical to the health of those animals—impacting everything from their fertility and reproductive health, to pest and disease resistance, to how fast they grow and put on meat.
The first Glynwood apprentice was Dan Fillius, who came to work and learn on this property in 2008 because he, like so many of us, had been “bit by the gardening bug”. Dan now works for Iowa State Extension teaching farmers about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and also manages an urban farm, Middlebrook Farm, in an “agri-hood” outside of Des Moines, Iowa.
Michelle is the Associate Director of Regional Food Programs. She joined the Glynwood team in late 2020, bringing to this role her enthusiasm for connecting diverse people with varied experiences and expertise to create a more just and resilient food system in the Hudson Valley.
There are so many reasons why soil carbon matters, and mitigating climate change is only one piece of that. Soil organic carbon (SOC) delivers nutrients to plants, including our food crops, and also sustains the microorganisms that cycle those nutrients in the soil. You can think of SOC as the glue that keeps soil particles together. Measuring soil carbon is challenging; the most accurate current methods are expensive and time-consuming. Glynwood just received a reflectometer, a tool to measure the specific light that comes off of our soil and indicates levels of soil carbon.