Long before the earliest European settlers arrived, native peoples tilled the rich soils of the Rondout Valley, a fertile floodplain stretching from Kingston to Ellenville, between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. Today the Rondout Valley yields over 17 million pounds of food each year – plus flowers and herbs, nursery stock and Christmas trees, livestock and horse farms, and much more.
Our Local Farmers and Growers
• Provide us with high-quality, fresh, safe, local food
• Preserve local agricultural open space
• Protect the Valley’s fertile agricultural soils
• Raise livestock for food, work and recreation
• Connect farms to schools and children
• Reduce our carbon footprint
• Increase the health and well-being of the community
The Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA) supports our farming community – a diverse array of over 60 farms from 13th-generation families to newcomers. We are supported in our mission by local businesses, residents and the community to:
• Strengthen farms and our local economy
• Support innovative farming practices
• Help bring food security to underserved populations
• Build community among farmers, and between farmers, neighbors, schools and beyond
• Educate, celebrate and advocate about the importance of local food and local farms
We planted our first trees as a hobby in 1991 on our family run dairy farm in Accord, New York, nestled between the Shawangunk Ridge and the foothills of the Catskills. Since then, we have learned several aspects of the profession of Christmas tree growing. From establishing transplant beds, to grooming the various shapes and … Continue reading Bell’s Christmas Tree Farm
The first hard frost in late October/ November generally marks the end of the growing season for most fruit and vegetable farmers in the Rondout Valley. But for this month’s Featured Farmer, chilly Autumn is when growing activities kick into high gear! Meet Kathy Puffer, owner of Hudson Valley Vertical Farms (HVVF), which uses an … Continue reading Let it snow, let it snow…let it grow (indoors)! – Hudson Valley Vertical Farms
Giving Tuesday – Donate Here! With the end of another busy growing season behind us, Rondout Valley Growers Association is already looking forward to next season and ways we can continue to support our local community, farmers, and the wonderful foods, goods, and services our members provide. We cannot do this without your support! Please … Continue reading Support RVGA on Giving Tuesday
You are invited to join RVGA Board Members, farmers, and local chefs for our annual Harvest Wine Dinner at the Enneagram Institute’s historic barn in the heart of the Rondout Valley. Our Featured Chefs: John Novi –Depuy Canal House, High Falls Agnes Devereux — Agnes Devereaux Catering, Staatsburg, NY Michael Bernardo — Cafe Mio, Gardiner … Continue reading Celebrate With Us at the 2019 Harvest Wine Dinner!
11/14/19 Farmscape Newsletter Your guide to news of Rondout Valley Growers- It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for many farms to close up for the winter months and that the holiday season is just around the corner. As you’re decorating, planning your menus, and getting ready to spend time withyour loved ones, don’t forget that … Continue reading Farmscape Newsletter
RVGA is kicking off a little competition we’re calling the ABC’s of RVGA! This friendly game is offered to help you – our friends, supporters, lurkers and loved ones – get to know more about our farming community. There will be prizes. From A to Z, questions will be posted based on a consecutive letter … Continue reading Learn the ABCs of RVGA!
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.