Our Farms, Our Families, Our Future!
Maria Reidelbach is an author, artist and local food activist working with local farmers for the past 15 years. Innovative projects she has created include the Stick to Local Farms Adventure Map, an annual interactive artwork-contest, and Homegrown Mini-Golf, links landscaped entirely in edible plants and featuring a Guinness World Record-setting garden gnome. Books she has written include the Stick to Local Farms Cookbook, Miniature Golf, a social history, and the best-seller Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine. She is currently at work on Turning the Tables: Cooking to Thrive in the 21st Century, a climate change cookbook, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County.
In 1996 Oleh and Nadia founded Rusty Plough Farm in Ellenville, NY on property purchased in 1986. In April 2003 we completed our career changes; Oleh from computer software, and Nadia from archaeology and moved our household from Suffern to Ellenville and thereby ended our commuter-farming era. We cultivate about three acres of certified organic vegetables and we also keep a flock of laying hens.
In 2006 Rusty Plough Farm and Farm and Granary (run by Michael Siegel and Barbara Caldwell) founded Rondout Valley Organics (RVO), a collaborative on-line based marketplace for produce, goat dairy products, meats, and value added items produced in the Rondout Valley area.
Oleh serves on the board of RVGA, and as Trustee for Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson. Nadia teaches at St. Therese Classical Academy in Craigsville.
Kahlil brings a long history of passion for quality food, farmland access and sustainable
development, starting from childhood where he helped run his family’s stand at the
farmers market. He is seasoned marketing and development executive and MBA/MA
with 15 plus years of building brands with purpose and has successfully led projects for
Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and start-ups. Kahlil is a founding member of
CityState Creative a boutique marketing and design agency. His consulting work with
Northeast Farm Access helped ensure that hundreds of acres of farmland in the
Rondout Valley will forever remain working farmland. An avid outdoorsman Kahlil and
his family share time between High Falls and Brooklyn.
I have a Masters in Biology and am a Finance Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. I worked for more than ten years at Windfall Farms in Montgomery, NY, both in the field and in the office. It was during my time there that I learned about some of the challenges that small farms face and how important it is to support local agriculture. I have lived in the Rondout Valley for almost twenty years, I love to grow food & flowers, and I became a member of the RVGA Board of Directors in the spring of 2019.
Owner of davenports Farms