We have a winner of WHO GROWS THERE?
Tenth Anniversary Contest!
And the winner is...Susanna Gerner, Rondout Valley High School class of 2013. Susanna is now a business student at Bentley University in Boston. She is the daughter of Nick and Nelda Gerner owner's of Sophie's Farm in Kerhonkson. Congratulations Susanna!
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary in a fun and memorable way, the Rondout Valley Growers Association sponsored an unusual contest. The RVGA are farmers and community members who support local agriculture. To raise awareness and appreciation of the fantastic number and variety of our agricultural products, Maria Reidelbach, author, artist and enthusiastic RVGA board member, created a special illustration. "I wanted to use the number 10 and the rustic RVGA logo," said Maria. "I love patterning, and I got the idea to include all the different fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants and livestock grown on farms in the Rondout Valley. While I was working on it, I got the idea of a contest-a fun way to get folks to really check out the agricultural bounty that we are so fortunate to have here." Over the summer and through September all were challenged to correctly identify all the items in the illustration.
The grand prize of the contest was the contents of the RVGA's giant cornucopia, a handmade basket also created by Maria, that is as tall as a farmer and overflowing with seasonal produce contributed by members. Susanna won piles of produce and other farm goods and gift certificates contributed by Barthel's Farm, Bell's Christmas Trees, Davenport Farms, Fitzgerald Farms, Green Baby Green, Hilda's Sprouts Farm, Kelder's Farm, Lyonsville Sugarhouse, Slow Roots Farm, Stone Ridge Orchard, and Westwind Organic Orchard. Because Susanna is away at school until Thanksgiving, she generously donated the produce to the Rochester Food Pantry.
The decorative 10th Anniversary contest graphic has been imprinted on tea towels and tote bags that are for sale by the RVGA and would make great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. To purchase or sell these items email firstname.lastname@example.org
and check back to this website for Grand Re-opening of the RVGA Store!
RVGA expresses its appreciation to all the contributing farms and to all the participants who sent in their guesses. "It's a great way to celebrate the bounty of the Rondout Valley and RVGA's milestone year," said Executive Director Deborah DeWan. "We thank them all and congratulations to Susanna!"
Help RVGA keep farming strong in the Rondout Valley
Join with us, share your ideas and enthusiasm, volunteer . Contact Deborah: Deborah.email@example.com or 845-626-1532.
Here are some ways you can continue to help:
- Make a secure tax-deductible donation on line by clicking the button below
- Mail a check, made out to Open Space Institute/Rondout Valley Growers Education Project, to RVGA P.O. Box 867, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
- Join as a Grower, Business or Friend (visit the "Join Us" page for details)
- Host an event -- we'd be glad to bring our farmers and your friends together to hear about what is going on with farming in the Rondout Valley
- Spread the word to your neighbors and friends about RVGA with a link to our website and Facebook page
- Volunteer your time and talents. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-1532.
We depend on donations, grants and volunteers to carry out our mission and are very grateful for your generosity.
The RVGA is the only organization of its kind in New York State -- a strong collective voice in a rich agricultural region promoting what our farmers do, what they grow and the value of community farms. Rondout Valley has the highest concentration of active farmland in Ulster County and an abundance of prime agricultural soils. Its strong agricultural economy has been the background of this region's economic health for centuries, not only feeding us and preserving cherished open space, but shipping farm products throughout the U.S. Rondout Valley farmers produce over 23,000,000 pounds of vegetables, fruit, beef, eggs, and poultry a year.
But farming is a challenging proposition these days, and with your help, we can continue to support this vital growing region by educating about farmland preservation strategies, creating community among growers, facilitating agricultural education with both growers and the community, and by supporting programs such as Farm-to-Food Pantry, Farmer-to-Farmer, Farm-to-School and Food Matters.
We are very grateful for your continuing support of the mission and programs of the Rondout Valley Growers Association. Thank you!
The Rondout Valley Growers Education Project is a project of Open Space Institute, Inc., a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501 (c) (3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions should be made payable to “Open Space Institute/Rondout Valley Growers Education Project” and are tax deductible tp the extent permitted by law.