The Hudson Valley is at the vanguarde of regional food system development, and grounding that work in place, our own and other iconic food regions, is a hallmark of Glynwood’s work. From our organization’s earliest roots in The Countryside Institute, building exchange and collaboration between communities with shared interests by bringing those communities together to learn from each other about the importance of place based solutions. It was, in fact, a Countryside Exchange to Netherlands that first focused the organization’s aims on sustainable agriculture.
Since then, we have coordinated expeditions focused on the close ties of cider to food culture in: Normandy, France; Southwest England; Asturias, Spain; and here in the Hudson Valley. Close collaboration with peers in the region has resulted in itineraries of unusual breadth and depth. The curated participants are immersed in an experience that inspires while forging professional relationships that enable those participants to bring the learnings and vision begun on the journey back to their day-to-day work.