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
Tongore Brook Farm is a small, family owned and operated enterprise located in scenic Stone Ridge, New York, situated where the Catskills Mountains meet the Hudson Valley. A working hay and barley farm in the late-18th century, and abandoned to reforestation by the late-19th century, it was re-born as a unique greenhouse farm in 2012. Solar … Continue reading Tongore Brook 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
RVGA 2019 Annual Report.pdf There are four seasons in a year, each with its own special rhythm. In the spring the days grow longer and warmer. We sow seeds and watch the green return to the landscape. Summer’s bounty brings fresh fruits and vegetables, warm days and nights, and more time outside. In the fall … Continue reading RVGA 2019 Annual Report
Help local farms survive the coronavirus! To provide us with safe, healthy, fresh food, our farmers must innovate now to survive. Our small farms are hard-pressed to grow the food we need while changing their business models on the fly. Innovation requires money! That’s why your farmers need you to support this GoFundMe. The farmers of the Rondout Valley are stepping … Continue reading Help Small Farms Survive Coronavirus
Help local farms survive the coronavirus! To provide us with safe, healthy, fresh food, our farmers must innovate now to survive. Our small farms are hard-pressed to grow the food we need while changing their business models on the fly. Innovation requires money! That’s why your farmers need you to support this GoFundMe.
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 many RVGA farms … Continue reading Farmscape Newsletter
Volunteering is a great way to support Rondout Valley farmers and our mission. Find out more by visiting our volunteer page.