Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition

Thanks to all who came out to the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition Summer Potluck!

Next up we’re excited to host a full-day workshop:

Six-figure-farming-logo-smallSix Figure Farming for Small Plots: Techniques for Small Scale Intensive Organic Market Gardening

with Jean-Martin Fortier, co-owner of Les Jardins de la Grelinette and author of The Market Gardener

DATE // Thursday, November 20th, full day workshop (times TBA)

LOCATION // Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Rd, Hillsdale, NY

COST // $15 for the full-day workshop

Since 2004, Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches have been making a good living by growing on less than 1½ acres, on their farm Les Jardins de la Grelinette in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. Last year, they sold more than $140,000 worth of vegetables, selling at two farmers’ markets and through their 140 member, 21-week CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). How they do this will be the focus of this full day workshop.In this workshop, Jean-Martin will cover the ins and outs of their production system – from use of their walk-behind tractor and 30-inch permanent no-till bed system; to how they have kept their operational costs low; to weed control techniques such as mulching, stale seed bed and flame weeding; to intensive crop spacing that has allowed them to more than triple production over average row system yields; to greenhouse growing techniques that produce more than 1,350 pounds of tomatoes a week in one 32×100 foot greenhouse.

Jean-Martin’s explanation for their success is that rather than concentrating on growing bigger, they’ve focused on growing better. He is looking forward to sharing the production techniques that he and his wife have fine-tuned over the years, in order to create a farm that is efficient, ecological and most importantly: profitable. The format of the workshop will be powerpoint presentation-based (with plenty of photos and opportunities for participants to ask questions).

This workshop is intended to complement the explanation of Jean Martin’s cropping systems given in his book The Market Gardener, and will provide in-depth instruction about intensive methods for optimizing a production system. Topics will include:

– Farm set up and design for biologically intensive cropping systems

– Alternative machinery, minimum tillage techniques and the use of the best hand tools for the market garden

– Best practices for weed and pest management

– How to develop a systematic approach to crop planning and season extension

“If you’re serious about farming, I urge you to attend JM Fortier’s workshops. I have toured farms all over North America, and I have yet to see anyone compare in production methods, soil management, crop health, product quality, and most importantly a balanced lifestyle. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the most cutting edge organic farmers of our time!”

Curtis Stone, Green City Acres

For more information on Jean-Martin’s book visit www.themarketgardener.com

Pre-registration highly encouraged. Register here.

Note: Food will not be provided – attendees should plan to bring lunch.

This workshop is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Young Farmer Coalition.
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Who We Are
We are young and beginning farmers in the Hudson Valley organizing to support each other in starting and sustaining viable agricultural businesses.
Our Mission
We believe in the transformative potential of small business, local agriculture and cooperation to build a durable and prosperous agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

We are coming together to better understand the needs of young and beginning farmers in this region and to address and advocate for those needs.*

We work together on building collaborative infrastructure, mobilizing to shift regional and national farm policy, increasing access to resources (land, grants and loans, healthcare), consolidating information and creating spaces where young farmers from all backgrounds can share, learn and gather.

By building a functional network for resource and information sharing we can all share in the resilient local economy that will support this region for years to come.

We are just beginning to explore the many aspects of regional young farmer organizing, it is a learning experience . Join us and we can learn together.

* “young” and “beginning” are relative terms.  This is not meant to be narrow or exclusive but to address issues affecting this current  generation of first career farmers. If you think this coalition might benefit from your perspective, contact us, it’s almost certainly true.

Comments
19 Responses to “Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition”
  1. Brian Grubb says:

    Greetings:

    I am not sure how to get in contact with the right people. We have an opportunity for a new farmer to get a start without a huge bank account. We are in the organic meat business with direct to consumer marketing.

  2. Natalie says:

    I am looking to pitch a tent on a farm or open land this weekend. Willing to pay if need to. Just a newby to NYC from Michigan, desperately need some fresh air. Does anyone have a farm along the Hudson River Valley?

  3. Ben says:

    To anyone out there already producing market-ready fruits, veggies, meat and other farm products:
    I am starting a locally sourced food distribution business serving restaurants, schools and other wholesale purchasers. I will get you top dollar for your product without you having to leave your farm. I will be operating a small fleet of bio-diesel refrigerated trucks and vans, and sell to some of NYC’s top restaurants. We will also be working closely with all sides to ensure a steady supply of fresh produce to food banks along our routes.
    You can email me at HudsonEdible@gmail.com to further discuss.

  4. Richard says:

    We have a farm just outside of Troy. We have a very nice modren apartment for rent in a separate building on the farm. Most of the land is used for hay productions, but there is space for gardening. We are working to keep our farm a viable working farm. there is a lot to discuss, bring some ideas and let\’s discuss.

  5. Gary Martell says:

    This is in regards to Brian Grubbs comment about a possible opportunity for a beginning farmer. I would be very interested in getting in contact with him.

  6. Beth says:

    The Hudson Valley group is the closest to me just being in NY. How do i start a group for more upstate farms? or can I just join yours? I learned about the NYFC at the NOFA NJ winter conference, showcasing our Grindstone Farm root crop washers, and am ecstatic that a lobbying group like this exists. Any networking with fellow NY organic famers would be beneficial, and building bonds and strengthening a coalition in Albany is NEEDED to ensure NY keeps farming.

  7. Young farmers in the Hudson Valley: Hope you’ll join us 2/23/13 for this one-day conference on farming in the Hudson Valley, Berkshire County, and northwest CT. Great speakers, workshops, exhibitors, networking. Jim Slama from FamilyFarmed.org is our keynote. More at http://www.farmingourfuture.org.

  8. n.curtin says:

    its really interesting info….

  9. claudio says:

    Hello
    we are looking for local farms that can provide a solid and continuos service to a high end new restaurant in NYC we are planning to open the beginning of next year.
    we are interested of local grass fed meats,no hormones nor antibiotics and all sort of local vegetables completely medicines free.
    what we require from you is also a consistent reliable service and competitive pricing.
    if you can get back to us so we can schedule a meeting and eventually a visit to the farms.
    Best regards
    Claudio Marini
    CEO Licenda inc.
    CEO Tre Monelli LLC

  10. 122903 says:

    For Claudio:

    We own 44 acres of beautiful land in the Catskills. We will build all the greenhouses and hothouses you need and provide the soil conditions you need for your operation. You will not need to rely on anyone, just lease the land from us. Easy transport to NYC.

    Write back.

    Andrea

  11. Matt says:

    Andrea,

    I’m interested in the leasing arrangement you mentioned. Where exactly are are you located and how do I get in touch with you directly.

    –Matt
    845-657-3388

  12. Fred says:

    Hello, I’m looking to start a CSA this year. There are about six acres for use. Accommadations are basic, a military tent on a mountain; fitted with a wood-burning stove; rice and beans; a good water filter. Also, I lack experience and knowledge :)

  13. Louise Rose says:

    Hello, I\’m a market manager of small market in Red Hook Village. I\’m looking for a fruit/berry farmer along with other specialty farmers. Please contact me .

    Louise
    845-464-3598

  14. Elizabeth E says:

    Hi all. I’m looking to start a small local marketplace in the catskill area/ulster county. I’m still searching for the right storefront, may have found one, but before I go through with signing any lease to rent a space, I’m trying to gather a list of small farms who would be willing, or eager, to work with me. The idea of the marketplace would be to provide local, in season produce, as well as meats, eggs, dairy products, jams, jellies, sauces, honey, syrup etc. Kind of like an indoor farmers market that lasts all year. I think it would be a great thing for the town I’m thinking of. The type of farms I would like to be involved with are small, honest farms. Please don’t contact me if you’re already selling your products to a ton of other businesses or doing several farmers markets. I want this to be an opportunity for people who are just starting out and looking to get their product out there. Even farms that may be run just by a few people or aren’t producing a ton of products but enough to supply year round or seasonally. I hope I am explaining this well. I plan to research some small farms and reach out to them but in the meantime I thought this would be a good place to start. Please get in touch if you may be interested…. Elizabeth Porter elizevepor@gmail.com
    Thanks everyone!

  15. Chris says:

    Mariaville Farm and the Mariaville Mushroom Men are looking for interns and farm Labor. Mushroom Farm and Livestock farm. Check are listing on attra.ncat.org for more information.

    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/farmdetails.php?FarmName&City&State=NY&Keyword&allDate=0&page=1&FarmID=3580

  16. Don Lewis says:

    HELP WANTED
    Grain Millers Assistant

    Part Time Employment 30 hours weekly

    Learn to operate Stone Milling Machinery and all facets of a Local Grain Grist Milling operation

    Responsibilities include:
    Pack Flour bags
    Prepare outgoing orders
    Mail order
    Maintain inventories
    Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
    Wages according to experience and ability
    Please reply to don@wildhivefarm or address below

    Don Lewis
    Wild Hive Grain Project, Inc.
    2645 Salt Point Turnpike
    Clinton Corners, NY 12514
    845-416-4002

  17. Michael says:

    Hi, I am looking for someone interested in farming all or part of my 20 acre field in Kerhonkson, NY. Field runs along the Rondout so has available water. Prefer Organic farmer with own equipment. Mike

  18. Hi,

    We are in the process of starting a craft distillery in Beacon, NY. As a byproduct of our operations we will have spent grains available to give to a farmer. The spent grains are high protein and make excellent pig or cattle feed. We will be processing about 2,000# of corn/rye/wheat/barley per week. Ideally, we would find someone who could make a weekly pickup in Beacon. We can pump the slurry into your tank/container.

    Karl Johnson
    Denning’s Point Distillery
    201-805-9402
    denningspoint@gmail.com

  19. HELP WANTED.

    PART TIME FLOWER CUTTER. CALL ANDY AT 518 567 1951 or EMAIL SOLFLOWERFARM @GMAIL.COM

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