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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. 

Chef Alicia Walter details her inspirations for the October Farm to Home Dinner box, as well as her goals as Culinary Director at Harlem Valley Homestead in Wingdale, NY.

Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator was established to provide customized technical assistance to new and growth stage farm entrepreneurs. Whether farms need assistance in business planning and financial management, social or ecological sustainability, or legal advising and marketing, Glynwood’s Farmer Training staff works with each participating business with a tailored approach reflecting individual farms’ needs and goals. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to our final 2020 Incubator farms: Lovin’ Mama Farm and Second Wind CSA. 

In early 2020, the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming and the Pleiades Network decided to join forces and organize an event: a gathering of women changemakers working in regenerative food and agriculture. Although the in-person event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Plant + Harvest metamorphosed into a series of three nourishing, network-building video calls held in July and August 2020. Plant + Harvest brought together over 50 women in all, representing 3 countries, 16 states and every region within the United States, and spanning six decades in age.

In a post originally authored for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, Director of Regional Food Programs Megan Larmer describes how COVID-19 has impacted the pilot year of Glynwood's CSA is a SNAP project (funded by the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program; USDA-NIFA Award No. 2019-70030-30397).

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.

There is so much you can plant in the mid to late summer for an abundance of produce in the fall. 

Broccoli is a cool weather how can you keep it from bolting as the soil heats up from these repeated long, hot summer days?

Community partnerships and 4x4 plots of land: Finding new ways to nourish our neighbors.

Turns out following the thought process of your veggies helps both the farmed and the farmer...

This home grower's radishes looked so promising with healthy bunches of leafy greens growing above the soil. But alas, almost no roots at all! Lynda shares some insights.

With summer's arrival we are all eagerly awaiting the tomato bounty that is just around the corner. If you're growing tomatoes at home, check out Senior Farm Director Lynda Prim's tending tips along with a quick nitrogen lesson, as well!

The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is proud to announce the launch of the “CSA is a SNAP” program, an initiative of the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition that Glynwood facilitates.

“The farms that make up the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition are passionate about feeding everyone in their community, and we are thrilled to launch a program that will make healthy, nutritious vegetables more available to people facing food insecurity,” said Megan Larmer, Director of the Regional Food Program at Glynwood and facilitator of the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition.

“CSA is a SNAP” is designed to make Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) more accessible to people purchasing food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). Click the link to lead the full press release.

Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator was established to provide customized technical assistance to new and growth stage farm entrepreneurs. Whether farms need assistance in business planning and financial management, social or ecological sustainability, or legal advising and marketing, Glynwood’s Farmer Training staff works with each participating business with a tailored approach reflecting individual farms’ needs and goals. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to three more Incubator farms: Gilded Farms, Maple View Farm, and Fat Apple Farm.

An update from the Senior Director of Glynwood's Farm, Lynda Prim. Changes abound this year for farms and farmers alike, but resilience is key to stability and future abundance.

"How do I know my carrots are ready to harvest when they grow underground?" And other questions from a new grower...

Glynwood stands in solidarity with our black communities in the fight for a just and equitable future. We have work to do and are committed to undertaking that work: to learning, to evolving, to growing. We welcome your ideas, thoughts, criticisms. 

Creating the May Farm to Dinner Box was a learning experience, culinary and otherwise.

Achieving success with your home fruit trees is a complex subject, and can take time and patience over multiple seasons, as Lynda explains here to this home peach-grower.

Tips for growing Cucurbit vine crops such as cucumbers, squash, melons, and watermelons in our temperate climate.

Covid-19 is shining a spotlight on the challenge of getting local, fresh food to those in need - but may also be catalyzing the solutions. Glynwood's President Kathleen Finlay announces our newest project -- Local Food for Every Table -- which asks the question: "What would it take, on a regional scale, to get local, fresh, healthy food from small-to-mid-sized farms to those who need it most?"

When information about food--whether recipes, farmers market signage, or CSA newsletters--is only available in one language, the inherent accessibility of food declines.

Quarantine has afforded us a rare opportunity. As our social lives have geared down, our bandwidth for catching up with old friends has increased. So it was a good time to organize an apprentice alumni reunion over Zoom. 

This month, we’re featuring profiles on three of our first-year Incubator participants for 2020: Three Sisters Farm, Premier Pastures, and Featherbed Lane Farm.

Join Glynwood's Herd Manager Nicole Scott in the field as she introduces us to the new breed of cattle Glynwood has brought on board to better suit the terrain of the Hudson Valley.

Join Jarret Nelson and Glynwood's veggie crew "in the field" aka our high tunnel, to see what happens with our winter Kale during the spring season.

Private Events at Glynwood have been a source of community, connection and joy throughout the years. Yet, here we are in 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, and we are unable to host gatherings celebrating your most special occasions. Even so, Glynwood's social events team is using this time to better integrate our organizational values and mission throughout every aspect of our private and corporate events offerings.

Before the COVID19 pandemic struck, farming systems all over the world were already facing complex problems for food production related to natural resource depletion, climate change, and increasing demand for healthy food. As farmers, we were already preparing to meet the need to continuously adapt our farming systems to changing conditions in the climate and our markets in order to be resilient and deal with the future of producing food on our planet.

Meet Glynwood's 2020 cohort of farm apprentices: Ashanti, Christina, Ellie and Joanna.

Spring usually marks the time of year when on-farm events and workshops bring the community back in touch with our amazing team here at Glynwood. Since things are so different this year, we wanted to share a few glimpses into the personal and professional lives of our staff since we enacted our COVID-19 business operations back in mid-March. We all miss seeing you, but we’re hard at work keeping the farm growing, the property humming, and building our regional food system back stronger and more resilient than it was before.

Last week, Glynwood’s team and I were deep in response-mode to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic. We closed our office doors, created new operational plans, cancelled and/or postponed many events and juggled how our personal and professional lives will be affected in the immediate future. What is emerging is pretty beautiful - a level of cooperation and ingenuity pointing to the fact that this crisis will be fought (and won!) by local and regional leaders coming together and solving myriad challenges with innovation in a range of sectors.

To farmers and food purveyors alike, it has become immediately clear that resilience, adaptation, community investment, and effective marketing are key to the viability of their businesses, as well as the health of our population.

All of us at the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming are closely monitoring the ever evolving public health situation with COVID-19 in our region.  We have and will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, WHO and our state and local health officials as to the appropriate steps we can take as an organization to help contain and mitigate the impacts of this pandemic in our communities. 

Cider is a community beverage; the place where it is sold, consumed and enjoyed are as integral to the story of the cider as the orchards and the trees that bore the fruit. Bridging between city streets, main streets, and orchard rows can be a challenge. While cider’s shelf space might be getting crowded by trendy alcoholic seltzer, its story retains a powerful gravity that continues to draw drinkers and makers alike into a complex web of historied narrative.

This National CSA Day, we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the sustainable beauty brand, Davines, that is lifting up not only our own CSA or CSAs in the Hudson Valley, but is also celebrating and driving awareness of CSA around the country.

Glynwood's Program Coordinator, Kate Anstreicher, reflects on stand out sessions and key takeaways from this year's NOFA-NY Winter Conference: Extending the Table.

When we launched the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator back in 2015, we set out to reduce the barriers to success for start-up farm businesses. Now serving 11 farm business throughout the region, this month we announce the addition of four new businesses to our incubator cohort.

A new conference hits New York state this March, with cider from the Northeast headlining the event. The inaugural Northeastern Cider Conference (NCC) will be held in Albany, New York, Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26, as an opportunity for cidermakers to network, share knowledge and learn from each other. Hosted by the New York Cider Association (NYCA) in partnership with the Glynwood Center for Regional Farming and Angry Orchard Hard Cider, the NCC was created with the intention of meeting the unique regional needs of the Northeastern cider community.

Cider makers learn to expand their sensory horizons with Glynwood and the Cider Institute of North America (CINA).