Harvest Award

Glynwood recognizes the Hudson Valley’s outstanding agricultural pioneers.

Now in its 12th year, our Harvest Award celebrates farmers, organizations and businesses that demonstrate innovation and leadership in support of sustainable agriculture and regional food systems. We created the Harvest Award in 2003 to highlight positive outcomes that result when a regional food system is revitalized and to inspire others to take action within their own communities.

Harvest Awards have recognized pioneers in the field of sustainable food and farming across the country. In the past three years, we have focused on exemplary agricultural enterprises in the Hudson Valley that align with our regional mission.


2014 Winners

Glynwood was honored to present the 2014 Harvest Award to John Gill and Jean-Paul Courtens for spearheading a pioneering farming partnership at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.

John Gill is a third-generation farmer and the former owner of Gill Farms in Ulster County. The 1,255 acre property is now the site of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a major non-profit center for resilient agriculture being developed under the stewardship of the Local Economies Project. John Gill now serves as the Farm Manager.

Jean-Paul Courtens, originally from the Netherlands, is the founder and owner of Roxbury Farm, a 375-acre biodynamic farm in Kinderhook, NY that has one of the largest community supported agriculture programs in the region. He is widely considered to be a pioneer in organic and biodynamic agriculture.

John and Jean-Paul are part of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub team that is creating a large-scale, sustainable agricultural production site for education, research and demonstration. This team-based approach serves as an important model for producers across the region, and we applaud the leadership of these two farmers with diverse backgrounds working together to cultivate a thriving agricultural future for the Hudson Valley.

2013 Winners

Benjamin and Lindsey Shute, co-founders of Hearty Roots Community Farm, Germantown NY, and National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson NY

2012 Winners

Wild Hive Farm, Clinton Corners NY, Don Lewis, Owner

Farm to Table Co-Packers, Kingston NY, Jim Hyland, Owner

Hudson Valley Fresh, Poughkeepsie NY, Dr. Sam Simon, President

Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company, Sprakers NY, Kathleen Harris, Processing and Marketing Coordinator

2011 Winners

Farmer Award: Sean Stanton, Blue Hill Farm, Great Barrington MA

Good Food Entrepreneur Award: Farm 255, Athens GA, Olivia Sargeant & Jason Mann, Co-Owners

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food: Buffalo Hump Sanctuary, Pine Ridge SD, Henry John Red Cloud, Founder & President

Wave of the Future Award: AmpleHarvest.org, Newfoundland NJ, Gary Oppenheimer, Founder & Executive Director

2010 Winners

Farmer Award: Jeremiah Jones, Grassroots Pork Co., Blue Hill NC

Good Food for Health Award: Recipe 4 Success Foundation, Houston TX, Gracie Cavnar, Founder

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food: Massachusetts Farm to School Project, Boston & Amherst MA, Kelly Erwin, Director

Wave of the Future Award: The Carrot Project, Somerville MA, Dorothy Suput, Founder & Executive Director

2009 Winners

Farmer Award: Howard Straub, Jr. and Mary Jo Straub, Triple H Farms, St. Johns MI

Good Food for Health Award: Plow to Plate, a program of New Milford Hospital, New Milford CT

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food: Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Homestead PA

Wave of the Future Award: Cody Hopkins/Andrea Todt, Co-Creators, Falling Sky Farm, Marshall AR

2008 Winners

Farmer Award: Robert Hasting, Farm Manager, Rivermede Farm, Keene Valley NY

Good Food for Health Award: Garden Resource Program, Detroit MI

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food: Food Routes Conservancy, Arnot PA

Wave of the Future Award: Nuestras Raíces, Holyoke MA

Glynwood Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Sustainable Agriculture: Frederick L. Kirschenmann

2007 Winners

Farmer Award: The 1200+ Family Farmers, Organic Valley Family of Farms, LaFarge WI

Good Neighbor Award: Grow Montana, Butte MT

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food: Community Food Security Center, Tucson AZ

Wave of the Future Award: Added Value & Herban Solutions, Red Hook, Brooklyn NY

2006 Winners

Farmer Award: Sam and Denise Hendren, Clover Mead Farm, Keeseville NY

Working at the Intersection of Health and Local Food Award: Kaiser Permanente Comprehensive Food Policy, Oakland CA

Good Neighbor Award: Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY

Wave of the Future Award: The Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro VT

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers, and Food: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell & Boston MA

2005 Winner

Farmer Award: Ron Khosla, Huguenot Street Farm, New Paltz NY

Good Neighbor Award: Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director, Farm Aid, Somerville MA

Award for Working at the Intersection of Good Food and Health: Paul and Barbara Stitt, Natural Ovens Bakery, Manitowoc WI

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers, and Food: Chesapeake Fields Institute, Chestertown MD

Innovator of the Year Award: Neil D. Hamilton, Esq, Professor and Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center and Chair of Iowa Food Policy Council, Des Moines IA

Wave of the Future Award: Barbara Belotte Green Team Community Gardening Program, Poughkeepsie NY

2004 Winner

Farmer Award: Bellvale Farms, Warwick NY

Good Neighbor Award: Berkshire Grown, Great Barrington MA

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers, and Food: Bert and Trish Paris, Bellville WI; Tera Johnson, Madison WI; Animal Welfare Institute, Washington DC

Special Award for Innovative Communications: Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) and The Meatrix, New York NY

Wave of the Future Award: Lower Eastside Girls Club and b-Healthy!, New York NY

2003 Winners

Farmer Award: Jim and Moie Crawford, New Morning Farm, Hustontown PA

Good Neighbor Award: Niman Ranch, California & Iowa

Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers, and Food: Just Food, New York NY; Rogowski Family Farm, Pine Island NY