Welcome

Welcome!

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


Search our directory to find produce, products, or services offered by the Rondout Valley Growers.
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We depend on donations, grants & volunteers to keep farming strong. donateThank you for your generous support.

Featured Grower

Bell’s Christmas Tree Farm

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

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Let it snow, let it snow…let it grow (indoors)! – Hudson Valley Vertical Farms

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

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Upcoming Event

Support RVGA on Giving Tuesday

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

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Celebrate With Us at the 2019 Harvest Wine Dinner!

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!

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RVGA NEWS

Farmscape Newsletter

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

Learn the ABCs of RVGA!

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 for RVGA

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.