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 (9-4:30)

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

COST // $15 for the full-day workshop

**Following the workshop, join Jean-Martin and HVYFC for a mini-mixer and book signing, with some local refreshing beverages! From 4:30-5:30 pm, same place as the 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

This workshop is full, but you can still register here to be added to the waiting list.

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

This workshop is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Young Farmer Coalition.

**Following the workshop, join Jean-Martin and HVYFC for a mini-mixer and book signing, with some local refreshing beverages! From 4:30-5:30 pm, same place as the workshop. **

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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.

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


    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 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 is our keynote. More at

  8. n.curtin says:

    its really interesting info….

  9. claudio says:

    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.


  11. Matt says:


    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.


  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 .


  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
    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 for more information.

  16. Don Lewis says:

    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

  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



  20. Mary says:

    Looking to retire soon and obtain existing hobby farm.Any suggestions on where these locations would be posted?Maria

  21. Torie Foote says:

    So I live in Spokane and we are starting a small farm and a local farmers co-op and would love the info on your sustainable intensive farming. e are building biologically balanced soil but are trying to learn everything we can. How can we get the power points or in some way get this valuable information?

  22. Victoria Shade says:


    We have a small horse farm in Goshen, NY. Would like to know if any farmers in the Hudson Valley would want fertilizer?

    Also, does anyone out there sell sawdust or shavings? We are looking to buy in bulk. Would be willing to do an exchange of fertilizer for sawdust.

    Also would be interested in anyone selling 2nd or 3rd cut hay.

    Finally, we also have 5 stalls available to be boarded out for anyone in the area. We take amazing care of our horses. We are life time horse people and love our furry friends. We are a full service boarding barn, only thing we don’t have is a riding arena (yet).

    Any takers please call Victoria Shade (646) 942-4529.


  23. Natalia says:

    Hi Everyone :)!!! I am not a farmer, but have a question that maybe someone would be kind enough to help me out with. At least guide me towards something… My mom, who is in her early 60s but full of energy LOVES growing veggies, etc. and used to have a home in Delaware County. Unfortunately, when my dad passed, we had to sell it and she is now back in NYC, living full-time closer to me. She looks forward to going up to the Catskills every summer, to a farm where she made friends with owners and they let her take a bunch of veggies home, if she picks her own in their large farm. I would love to find her a gift of renting a small plot of land for this upcoming season, where she can actually grow her own. Ideally, the CLOSER to NYC the better, since we do not have available lodging in the Catskills and she would be making trips by car. If you know anyone who would be willing to rent a little piece of their land, or know organizations that do this sort of a thing, it would be AMAZING!!!! Please contact me either by phone : 917.584.5142 or email:
    THANKS so much in advance!!!! kindly, Natalia

  24. Eleni Stefanopoulos says:

    Hello All!!

    A wonderful opportunity for a young farmer has opened up in Millerton, NY. We are a local Creamery/Dairy farm looking for someone to take over. We produce our own milk and cheeses and distribute to some of the finest NYC restaurants, and sell to the largest distributors in the northeast. Our product has been featured on Food Network and available in many supermarkets. We are looking for someone dependable, an honest hard worker. This position has a large responsibility, with the care of our animals and running the creamery, however, there is so much potential for you to grow as a farmer, and build your career. With this job, you will your own boss. You will learn what it means to run a farm and call all the shots. As long as requirements are met you are free to do as you please. Housing is available. Compensation to be agreed upon and possible percentage agreement or partnership percentage agreement is also possible.

    Please contact Eleni at 860.435.2111

    or email

    Thank you all!!!!

  25. Lawrence Cihanek says:


    My name is Larry Cihanek, my parents own They are in the business of bringing goats to national and city parks as a form of environmentally friendly way of controlling invasive species. Recently their barn burned down with all 100 of our goats inside. These goats were not just part of a business they were part of our family. All of the goats raised on our farm were hand bottle fed and all had names. This was like losing 100 of their best friends. I was hoping that you could possibly just help us get the word out about what happened. If nothing else please just take a look at our website

    Thank you,

  26. Wes says:

    Hi Larry,
    I heard about that fire – so sorry for your family’s loss. We wish you the best of luck in rebuilding.

  27. Kornelia Tamm says:

    Hello, I live in Staatsburg , New York with 32 guinea hens. They are my pets. At night they are in a fenced in area with a shed and heating lamp at night in the winter and during the day they run around and are free to eat bugs and grass and ticks. I need to move back to New York, I cannot earn any money in Staatsburg. The hens are my pets and I would like to find a farm that would take them for their eggs and not for their meat. I have raised them and need to find a good home for them. Thank you for reading. Kornelia Tamm 8454892000

  28. George L says:


    I’m would like to invest in starting a small sustainable farm in Cairo, NY (possibly CSA). I have the land, equipment, tools and I will provide the financial resources and potentially provide boarding to the right partner candidate. I have 45 acres of which about 3-4 acres are reasonably flat and suitable to grow crops. I would provide the fiscal means (pay gas, taxes, materials, equipment ect ) I and am looking for a partner with the knowhow (some experience) to provide the management and the labor. I would be willing to build structures as needed and buy equipment within reason if this endeavor takes off. I am also an investor in restaurants in NYC and have potentially outlets for distribution.

    If you think this opportunity is for you please send a 2 minute video explaining why you are the right partner for this endeavor to

  29. CJ says:

    We have land (12-30 acres) available in Bearsville, NY that we would like to lease to a farmer. The land is not yet certified for organic farming but we are willing to fund that process. Please email me at if interested.

  30. Mary Ellen galland holtzmsb says:

    Hi,I have a huge olf farmshouse,garage and barn with stalls and watter and five of seven acres totally flat in Columbia county NY with close access to mass pike,taconic pkway ,any NY thruway to NYC,Boston and suburbs. Water in barn.housing for many young couples who wish to live communally,split cost of 7 acres and farmhouse. Berries,veggies and chickens have all been grown naturally here. 160,000 dollars,spring ready. Lots of optional ways to my by email.

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