TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE! Saturday, September 28th at the Epworth Center in the heart of the Rondout Valley. Gates open at 3pm. Zucchini 500 Race and Veggie Bowling. Butter Churning. Broom making, old tractors and plows, animals, music, silent auction, and lots more to see and do. Barbecue at 5. Dance follows. Rain or shine -- this will be a great community event!
State of the Farm Summit 2013: Celebrating and supporting local farming and the farmers of the Hudson Valley
Sunday, October 20
The 2013 State of the Farm Summit will focus on the essential role of family farms and small-scale agriculture in our communities and region. The event will feature local farmers and keynote speaker Congressman Chris Gibson addressing the challenges and rewards of growing on the land in the 21st century.
Q & A will follow and light refreshments will be served. RSVP encouraged: email@example.com
Event will be held at SUNY Ulster, Vanderlyn Hall College Lounge from 6:30-8:30pm.
Sponsored by Rondout Valley Growers, the Town of Marbletown, and SUNY Ulster.
RVGA 10th Anniversary BARN DANCE & Local Food Barbecue!
Friday, September 27
* Foot stompin' barn dance with Shoe String Band & Caller-Fiddler Liz Slade, local food barbecue prepared by great local chefs
* 10th Anniversary fest honoring our farmers
* Fun, farm displays, local food, live music for all ages
* Info, news and volunteer fun -- 845-626-1532 and sign up for e-news, get updates: www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org and "Like us" on Facebook
Seeding the Future of Agriculture - Thurs. Feb. 28th Rondout Valley HS Library, 6:30 pm
Students, parents, members of the community -- come meet farmers Bruce Davenport, Chris Kelder, Jacob Diaz, Charles Noble, Anne DeWitt and Fleisher's Grass Fed Meats owner Jessica Applestone for a roundtable in school's Speaker Series -- part of exciting Farm to School collaboration between RVGA and the Rondout Valley Central Schools.
Behind every one of the 17 millions pounds of food produced in the Rondout Valley each year is a face, a family, a story packed with the nutrients of history, science and economics. Following on Feb. 15th School Food Summit, this Roundtable continues the conversation and digs deeper into the agricultural past, present and future in the Rondout Valley and its connection to local farms.
School Food Summit 2013: Celebrating Our Children, Food and Future
The First Regional “School Food Summit: Celebrating Our Children, Food, and Future”
Join national experts, parents, students and community in identifying ways to increase the use of fresh, locally-grown food in school meals.
When: Friday, February 15th
1:30-4:30 Kitchen Camp for food service staff (full)
5:30-7 Local Food Fair
7:00 Songs of Farm and Food
7:30-9 “Local Food Goes to School”
Keynote speaker: Chef Ann Cooper “The Renegade Lunch Lady”
Changemaker Panel of National and local school food experts Chef Tim Cipriano, Todd Fowler, Janet Poppendieck, Christopher Van Damm and more…
Where: Rondout Valley High School
122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY
Co-sponsored by Rondout Valley Growers Association, From the Ground Up, Slow Food Hudson Valley, Ulster Corps, Marbletown PTF, and the Chefs Consortium.
For more info visit: www.ulstercorps
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 845-687-4124; Deborah.email@example.com 845-626-1532
Seeding the Spirit of Giving -- HV Seed Library holiday purchases to benefit RVGA through Dec. 20th, 2012!
We are very fortunate to have the Hudson Valley Seed Library as a member of RVGA and a contributor to the community in so many ways. Not only are they hardworking, innovative and productive seed producers, they are also very generous to local non-profits.
Now until December 20th, Hudson Valley Seed Library, www.seedlibrary.org, will donate 10% of its on-line holiday sales to RVGA.
So please take advantage of this twofer: with this generous offer to help RVGA, you’ll get an incredibly wonderful gift of seeds in exquisite artist-designed packets for your holiday giving and next year’s gardens.
Use code RVGA when you check out and 10% will be donated to goes to Rondout VAlley Growers Association. Thank you for your support!
"Farm-to-Feast" at Depuy Canal House, 11/03/12
If this year's wonderful growing season has whetted your appetite for delicious produce from Rondout Valley farms, we have the event for you! On Saturday, November 3rd at 5pm, the Depuy Canal House's John Novi, celebrity chef and longterm RVGA board member, will prepare a special locavore's feast to support RVGA.
Wines poured that evening will be hand-picked by Tim Sweeney of Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits to accompany the multi-course locally sourced dinner at the historic 1797 Depuy Stone House Tavern. The all-inclusive dinner is $150 per person, with 50% going directly to match the $25,000 challenge grant RVGA has been offered by the New World Foundation (which we will receive if we raise that same amount by December 31st). Seating is limited for this benefit dinner, so reserve here by calling 687-7777 before 5pm or emailing Chef John Novi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
at the restaurant.
A heartfelt thanks to John Novi and all who came to "Farm to Feast" Nov. 3rd benefit dinner at Depuy Canal House. What a memorable evening!
Rondout Valley Common Ground Celebration 10/14/12
A new kind of country fair is taking place in Stone Ridge on Sunday, October 14 from 11am to 6pm.
The Rondout Valley Common Ground Celebration is planned to be an interactive event to bring together the community to share all the wonderful local resources our valley is lucky to possess.
The RVGA has been invited to partner in hosting the Celebration, which will take place in the center of Stone Ridge, and spread out along Main St.from the High Meadow School campus.
RVGA area will be located on Rt. 209 in front of High Meadow School and will include:
* Farmer stands, farm info, and farm displays with produce for tastes and purchase
* Food tastings with Nicci Cagan of Chef's Consortium
* Farm animals
* Pumpkin Carving
* RVGA bake sale fundraiser to help us meet the challenge grant
* RVGA store with tee-shrits, bumper stickers, canvas bags and temporary tatoos
* Apple pressing
* And a Giant Corucopia celebrating the bounty of the harvest!
To volunteer contact: email@example.com and for more Celebration information visit: http://www.rvcgc.org/
RVGA Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue, Kelder's Farm Accord, 7/7/12
RVGA's 10th Annual Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue will be held Saturday,
July 7th at Kelder's Farm, 5755 Rt. 209 between Accord and Kerhonkson from 5-10pm
The Shoe String Band and & caller-fiddler Liz Slade will provide lively music and step-by-step dance instruction, Dr. Romo and friends will provide Cajun tunes during dinner, and there will be plenty of children's activities, including a petting zoo, edible minigolf, a meadow maze, hay rides & more.
Dinner will feature locally grown products from Davenport Farms, Saunderskill Farm, High Falls Food Co-op, Campanelli's Chicken, local beef hot dogs, Jane's Ice Cream, and others. There will also be a beer & wine cash bar, bake sale fundraiser with delectables donated by Alternative Baker, Chef John Novi, Rosendale Cafe, Elmrock Inn & Harvest Caterers, Danielle Gill, among many others, and other surprises.
Tickets are on sale now on our website and at farm stands up and down Rt. 209 --Gill’s Farm in Hurley, Davenport Farms in Stone Ridge, Saunderskill Farm in Accord, Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson, Barthel's Farm in Ellenville, and F & C Brooks Farm on Tongore Rd. in Kingston, at the High Falls Food Coop, Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, and below. Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 day of) and $10 for children 6-12. There will be no charge for children under six years.
Thank you to our Barn Dance Sponsors: Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, Rondout Savings Bank, Keegan Ales, Kelders Farm, Jane's Ice Cream, Nutshell Realty, Ulster Savings Bank, Emmanuel's Market Place, and Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty Stone Ridge
Food Matters! Good Night Irene: Lessons in Resilience March 9, 2012
6:30-8:00pm, Accord Firehouse
Our region was walloped by Hurricanes Irene and Lee, and many of our local farms were hit hard. Find out from farmers how they have recovered and how we can help strengthen our local food resources for a secure future. Suggested donation: $5. The Accord Firehouse, 22 Main Street (entry in rear).
Food Matters! Farmer, Food & Family
3/23/12 6-7:30pm, Marbletown Elementary School
Did you know that our valley has some of the best farmland in the United States and we are lucky to have a great variety of farmers? Come find out about the bounty outside your door. This evening is part of the "Breakfast for Dinner" event organized by the Marbletown Parent Teacher Friends and the Chefs Consortium. Join the fun with optional dinner prepared with local food, Zumba workout for all ages, local food exhibits and farmers who will share with you how our local food is created. Kids are welcome!
Suggested donation: $5. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children, with reduced family pricing. Marbletown Elementary School is at 12 Pine Bush Road in Stone Ridge.