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News from Glynwood

It turns out that managing the grazing needs of livestock on a farm and playing chess have more similarities than you might think. In both cases, you should always be thinking at least two moves ahead and be considering all outcomes. Here are some thoughts from a livestock farmer.

A word from our Vegetable Production Manager about the challenges that climate change poses to farming here at Glynwood.

Glynwood looks back fondly on the life of Maggie, a horse who left a legacy of nothing but heartiness and patience here on our farm.

Glynwood was hit by a brief but destructive wind and weather event on Friday, August 3rd, leading us to call on volunteer support in the coming weeks.

Our four apprentices share some highlights from their experience at the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Summer Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Food system leaders share stories of resilience in the face of harrowing weather events at Slow Food USA's gathering in Colorado last month.

For this month’s Vegetarian Farm Dinner, Chef Mark Gandara is partnering with Hot Bread Kitchen -- a nonprofit organization that creates economic opportunity through careers in food -- to provide delicious, regionally-inspired breads for the event.

Megan Larmer, Glynwood's Director of Regional Food, brushes off her waitress skills, and pitches in for one night of dinner service at the Allied Media Conference's Dream Cafe: the culmination of a vision created by Ora Wise to ensure the conference's food offerings were as meaningful, nourishing and inclusive as the rest of the programming.

At most grocery stores, you will find produce that has no blemishes, but have you ever wondered what happens to all of the produce that isn’t picture perfect?

Ten years ago, Glynwood engaged the Farmscape Ecology Program team, based out of Hawthorne Valley Farm (Ghent, NY), to complete a biological survey of this farm. That original biological survey, completed in 2007, has been an important reference for Glynwood staff as we’ve considered land use decisions in the intervening ten years. Now, given the significant increase in agricultural activity on the property over that timeframe, we wanted to see what has changed.

Glynwood has been the perfect place for Kenyon College student -- and our summer intern --Gabriela Marx to expand her knowledge of plants, soil, and the work of new and beginning farmers.

For the most part, Hudson Valley farmers grow lettuce in the cooler parts of spring and fall and stick to the most familiar looseleaf, romaine, iceberg, and bibb varieties. But there’s a whole world of lettuce diversity to discover! Kitchen Cultivars this year is looking to push past the limits of lettuce!

Glynwood is excited to announce that Grass + Grit farm, one of Glynwood’s very own incubator participants, will be supplying chicken to Glynwood’s farm store for this upcoming season!

From cider to cultivars; from farming to feeding; 2017 was a year of deepening our work with farmers, food professionals and our own community. Thanks to your support, apprentices explored what it means to have a career in regnerative ag, beginning farm businesses grew stronger, and those who share your vision of a healthier, more resilient food system Mae together to be taught and learn. From one another. Read more in the pages of our 2017-2018 annual report.

Only six months into 2018 and it’s already a banner year for New York ciders. It’s no secret that over the past year, cideries have been popping up across the state: from one commercial cidery in 1992, we now have over eighty! Several recent developments indicate that these homegrown heroes are beginning to get the recognition they deserve.

Last month, a group of cider makers, apple growers, restaurateurs, chefs, culinary educator, and journalists traveled to España verde to immerse themselves in the long tradition of cider making and drinking in that part of the world in order to initiate collaborations that will foster a vibrant cider culture at home in New York. The snapshots that follow give you a sense of what the group discovered, and how they were inspired. All photos by Belathée photography.

Glynwood and the New York Cider Association hosted a session for NY apple growers introducing them to the science of flavor from Cornell Extension Educator Chris Gerling and a tasting of three flights of cider guided by Cornell Professor Emeritus and Black Diamond Cidery grower-producer Ian Merwin.

Are you a farmer looking for a land access opportunity? Are you a non-farming landowner seeking a farmer for your property? The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network can help! Glynwood has served as a network partner in the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network since its inception in 2013.

“Solving the problem of agriculture can solve so many problems of our time – that’s why I got in it, why I stay in it, and why I love it.” Inspired and impressed by Hilary Corsun’s path to becoming a livestock farmer and creator of the Good Food Farmers delivery network, Glynwood invited her to share her story for the launch of our Solution Seekers dinner series in New York City. With this new series, we are bringing attention to innovators and leaders in regional food and farming while bringing their vision and stories to dinner guests. Glynwood VP of Programs, Sara Grady, recaps the first two events in this series on our blog.

Now is the best time to sign up for a local CSA program. Not only does it reserve your CSA share for the 2018 season, but it helps your farmer plan and prepare for the year ahead. Click the button below to learn more about the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition from Glynwood's Vegetable Production Manager, Jarret.

Glynwood hosted a Soil Intensive for an audience of twenty-five regional farmers on March 23rd. The Intensive was less workshop-oriented and instead emphasized farmer-to-farmer exchange on a handful of subtopics in soils.

Last month, Glynwood welcomed our 2018 vegetable apprentices to the farm: Anthony Post and Leslie Lewis. Anthony and Leslie will be in residence at Glynwood through November, during which time they will participate in a comprehensive curriculum and work closely with our Vegetable Production Manager to learn the best practices in organic vegetable production, regenerative agriculture and land stewardship. Leslie and Anthony come to Glynwood with a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience, and we are looking forward to teaching and learning from them this year.

When you think about how long humans have been growing vegetable crops — and how long we have been fighting to keep weeds out of our fields — it begins to make sense why so many different tools have been invented for weeding. It ranges from the old classics (garden hoe) to some unexpected ones (flamethrower), but often enough we find ourselves crawling across the field for hours pulling weeds by hand. Learn more about our weed control techniques and the science behind them from Glynwood's Vegetable Apprentice Crew Leader.

The Glynwood you know has two well-developed enterprises in its livestock and vegetable operations. We plan to add agroforestry to the mix, but not before leaning on our network for expertise and evaluating our land use strategy to ensure the success of new enterprises.

Though the fields are blanketed in snow, Hudson Valley farmers are busy getting ready for the harvests that are just around the corner. One of the best ways to ensure a steady stream of farm-fresh bounty in your own home is to join a CSA. If you’re new to the idea of Community Supported Agriculture, and want to find the perfect farm for you, then don’t miss the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition’s upcoming CSA Fairs.

On Monday, February 5th, Glynwood welcomed our 2018 livestock apprentices to the farm: Johanna Boltja Bartz and Kama Doucoure. Over the next ten months, Jo and Kama will be an integral part of the farm, learning the ins-and-outs of our livestock operation and participating in a comprehensive curriculum to learn the best practices in animal husbandry and regenerative agriculture.

As Glynwood’s vegetable farmer, Jarret Nelson spends a lot of time during the winter months carefully selecting the crops and seeds to be planted come spring. However, this winter there are at least two crops he won't waste any time considering, thanks to his participation in Glynwood’s Kitchen Cultivars project. In partnership with Seedshed, last season the project trialled many different varieties of escarole and winter radishes. Learn more about Jarret's experience in the seed trialling process.

Over the past eight years, Glynwood has been proud to partner with the independent nonprofit Something Good in the World (SGITW) by serving as a teaching venue for SGITW’s farm-based education programs. Thanks to our collaboration with SGITW’s co-founder, Barbara Sarbin, since 2015, Glynwood’s own Family Farm Tours and Backyard Family Farm Skills have blossomed into a cornerstone of our Public Programs.